Feeds

New password system lets planet Earth do the hard work

Think of a place, any place…

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Log-in credentials derived from geographical information could reduce the majority of data breaches by providing an almost uncrackable replacement for conventional passwords, according to security researchers.

ZSS-Research of Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE has developed a system which requires users to choose a favourite place anywhere on the planet and then draw a virtual boundary around that location.

It could be anything, from a favourite tree in a park to the Eiffel Tower, according to the firm’s Ziyad Al-Salloum, writing in the International Journal of Security and Networks (via e! Science News).

The system then derives a selection of geographical information such as longitude, latitude, altitude and the length of the boundary to form the password, which is salted and hashed.

Given the randomness of location selection and the shape and size of the boundary drawn by the user, the permutations are enormous but the password (ie the location) is easy to remember for the user.

"Proposing an effective replacement of conventional passwords could reduce 76% of data breaches, based on an analysis of more than 47,000 reported security incidents,” Al-Salloum wrote, according to eScience News.

The multiplicity of online accounts most people use on a daily basis has made remembering passwords a major headache which this system could go some way to alleviating.

However, returning to the old password paradigm when most major providers are moving to two factor authentication could make it a tough sell for the ZSS-Research team. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described
'A degree of technical competence rarely seen'
You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes
Free anti-virus software, expires, stops updating and p0wns the world
You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes
Fix issued, fingers pointed, forums in flames
Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about
NSA fingered as likely source of complex malware family
Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER
Looks for gov malware that evades most antivirus
Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins
Vulnerability promotes lusers to domain overlords ... oops
HACKERS can DELETE SURVEILLANCE DVRS remotely – report
Hikvision devices wide open to hacking, claim securobods
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.