An online security firm is aiming to phase out passwords from websites and introduce pass 'faces' in a bid to help prevent identity theft.
If the scheme succeeds, instead of memorising a password when joining a new site, users will memorise three faces - and then be prompted to identify them from among a line-up of 11 faces (with eight decoys) whenever they log on to the site.
So that interceptors cannot clock the position of the correct faces, at each log-in the position of the correct faces will be changed.
Shaun Frome, managing director of ACAL, the UK distributor for Passfaces, said, according to PC Pro: 'We know a familiar face within 20 milliseconds. We're essentially putting a cookie in your brain.'
Identity theft is the unauthorised collection and use of personal information, usually for criminal purposes.
A Canadian official body recommends that people should choose difficult passwords, change them often and never leave them written down in obvious places such as a wallet.