Dynahand does away with passwords

dynahand.jpgRemembering all your passwords can be a pretty tricky process, don’t you think? Gone are the days where all you needed to have in your mind was your Social Security number, a couple of phone numbers (landed lines mind you), and perhaps a birthday or two. These days, you have tons of email addresses to attend to (both corporate and personal), various logins for a whole ton of websites as well as PIN codes and security passwords in buildings. This is just pure information overload, but thankfully there is the Dynahand system that aims to make logging into websites a wee bit easier.

Dynahand takes a paradigm shift and lets users identify their own handwriting in favor of entering a cryptic password. In addition, this software side solution also helps to reduce hardware costs since there is no need to scan fingerprints using biometric devices that cost a bomb. While the use and importance of passwords cannot be understated, there are plenty of people out there who have absolutely no idea on creating a strong password that won’t fall like a house of cards in the hands of an experienced hacker. The Dynahand system does away with such risks, allowing a prospective user to submit a range of handwriting samples, whereby login requires the user to choose his/her own handwriting out of a series of samples presented.

The level of security can be determined, and the higher it is, the more times the user will have to go through with this unique log in process. Each handwriting samples contain only digits in order to prevent a higher chance for an outside party to recognize just who the owner is, while digits displayed are always at random in order to fool everyone else but the writer. Researchers have certainly done their homework, using an algorithm to analyze characteristics of all handwriting samples presented to ensure that the system doesn’t experience a mix up with a legitimate user. Sounds neat – but when will we see the Dynahand system in action for the mass market?

Technology Review via Ubergizmo