Researchers find the secret to a perfectly secure password is poetry

How to Protect Your Passwords, Finally Remember a Longer One
How to Protect Your Passwords, Finally Remember a Longer One


Passwords are the most annoying thing to remember. If you are the safe type, you probably have very complex combinations of letters, digits and symbols to create an unbreachable key to your accounts, but that's easy to mix up, especially since you should have a different one for each login. On the other hand, if you are the lazy type (like most of us) and only have one very simple password for all your websites, apps and accounts, you may have an easier time remembering it but this makes you very vulnerable to cyber attacks.

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While the perfect password that is a balance between safety and ease is like a unicorn, researchers found that the best way to create one that you are not going to forget but that is also hard to crack is to use poetry. According to the Washington Post, Marjan Ghazvininejad and Kevin Knight of the University of Southern California came up with a paper that provides humanity with the latest solution to such problem: randomly generated poems. Poetry has been used for thousands of years as a method to memorize things, from extremely long epic poems to novels that use meter or rhyme.

The researchers created a program that generates such random poems by assigning every word in a dictionary to a distinct code. The program outputs a very long number, which is then broken down in smaller codes and the computer translates these codes into two short phrases. Here are some examples:

The Rover Molly appetite
of Boston centers overnight .

The Barkley language symbolized
the Williams loosely organized .

The kitchen little stabilized
the gallant Tulsa compromised .


You can have the program create a password for you here.

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