Password Advice

A team of researchers at New Jersey’s Rutgers University have determined that so-called “free-form passwords” — passwords that use a doodle or other touchpad gesture — are more effective than traditional text or numerical passwords.

The Rutgers group’s results, published in the paper, “Free-Form Gesture Authentication in the Wild” actually confirmed earlier studies on the matter: free-form gesture passwords are a “serious alternative” to text or other more common log-in methods, especially for mobile devices.

With identity theft and cybersecurity constantly in the headlines, the study confirmed that free-form passwords are faster to use, easier to remember, and, importantly, harder for a ne’er-do-well to guess — the latter being especially important especially considering how awful so many people are at picking adequately secure passwords.