One of the most common things that people find problematic about all of the different websites, email providers, networking sites, and even smartphones is that all of them generally require a password. And, it’s usually best to use a completely random mix of letters and numbers. But memorizing all of them can be very difficult so most people use the same few passwords over and over again. However, that means that if one of those websites is compromised, then the attackers can generally hit a good many other sites — even some banking sites — and do a lot more damage.
So, what can be done about this? Perhaps each site could assign passwords that are randomly generated? Or they could prompt you to create pass-phrases instead. Maybe instead of using passwords at all, they could have you fill out several security questions and ask you to answer one each time you log in. Or maybe, just maybe, they could read your mind. Wouldn’t that be impossible? Or require some kind of invasive or cumbersome device?
The answer, it turns out, is no. With a simple Bluetooth-like headset called Mindset, a computer or a gadget can be trained to read your mind, allowing you to just think of your password or object instead of having to input one using a keyboard. Additionally, using a passthought, you can have a “password” that is really a remembrance of your favorite movie scene, a snippet of a song you like, a few lines of poetry — anything. However, researchers are still looking into whether or not another person could reproduce your thoughts in order to gain access to your accounts. At the end of the day, your password, phrase, or thought is only as secure as you make it to be.