Using pattern-based authentication to solve the password problem

Every day Fortune 500 companies with “sophisticated” password policies are being hacked. Users are overwhelmed by password requirements and the businesses that are forcing them to increase password complexity are beginning to find that this tactic has the opposite effect; users weakening their passwords simply so that they can remember them. Passwords are becoming more complex for humans to use and easier for machines to crack.

In this white paper, we will delve into the password problem, how this method is today doing more harm than good, and how pattern-based authentication can eliminate the problem.

Pattern-based authentication: what is it?

Think of the last time you unlocked a mobile device or entered a PIN at an ATM, how often do you look at the keypad to complete the password? Do you find your fingers follow an automatic pattern without you actually thinking about it? That is the case for most of us.

Passwords have become an unavoidable part of our lives. As our engagement with computers, mobile devices, cloud-based applications and websites grows, so does the list of passwords we have to manage. They have become more expansive and at the same time, less effective as an authentication mechanism.

If we are all hard-wired to remember patterns and shapes, what would it mean to use this psychology to create a better login system?

By utilising the mind’s preference for thinking in patterns and shapes, rather than letters, numbers and words, we can create a solution that provides improved security over passwords and provides a better user experience.

Read this white paper to learn about:

  • The password problem & why existing solutions are no longer working
  • Pattern-based security solutions and real-world pattern recall
  • Using pattern-based recall for authentication
  • How a user would set their pattern and log in to a device or application
  • Advantages of a pattern-based authentication approach
  • Our conclusions & recommendations about the future of passwords