It’s usually very difficult to memorize text-based passwords and this force people to prefer simple and unsecure passwords.
According to a Rutgers University-New Brunswick-led study, it could activate improved password technology and use it.
Janne Lindqvist, co-author of the study said, , “Websites focus on telling users if their passwords are weak or strong, but they do nothing to help people remember passwords.” And further added, “Our model could be used to predict the memorability of passwords, measure whether people remember them and prompt password system designers to provide incentives for people to log in regularly. Logging in more often helps people remember password.”
The result states that the human memory naturally adapts a password by depending on an estimate of how often a password will be needed. Simply, it is that frequently used passwords are less likely to be forgotten.
Lindqvist said, “Many people struggle with passwords because you need a lot of them nowadays. People get frustrated. Our major findings include that password forgetting aligns well with one of the psychological theories of memory and predicting forgetting of passwords.”
The complete findings of the study were discussed at the 27th USENIX Security Symposium, funded by the National Science Foundation.