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Are squiggly lines the future of password security?


June 2, 2014

squiggly lines on a tablet As more people use smartphones and tablets to store personal information and perform financial transactions, the need for robust password security is more critical than ever. A new Rutgers University study shows that free-form gestures--sweeping fingers in shapes across the screen--can be used to unlock phones and grant access to apps. These gestures are less likely to be observed and reproduced by "shoulder surfers" who spy on users to gain unauthorized access. Full Story

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