Stripping girls don’t guarantee secure passwords

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

On the face of things, human nature being what it is, it sounds like it might actually work.

Encourage people (well, let’s be honest.. guys) to use stronger, more secure passwords by incorporating a graphic of a stripping woman.

The idea dreamt up by the developers at Platform45, and as explained by the chaps at TechEye, is that users are rewarded for choosing strong passwords by displaying a pixelated image of a woman who strips off more clothes the better the password.

Before you start imagining that this might be somehow titillating, check out the animated graphic I made:

Yes, this stripping woman is definitely a throwback to the 8-bit era of computing.

My beef with the idea is not whether the idea is chauvinistic or not, but rather whether it really helps with security.

A pixellated stripper might be enough to encourage you to use a more secure password -…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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