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Interesting development for on-line security: pictorial secure sign on technology

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 18-Apr-2007 10:16

This is an interesting development for security: a pictorial-based one-time password system, developed by Vidoop. The company describes the system this way:


Without requiring any additional hardware, the Vidoop login system provides the user with a method of receiving a one-time access code at the last moment, just in time for login.

The innovative system draws the user’s eye to the secret based on a personal selection made during the enrollment process. Instead of a password, each user chooses from a number of “categories,” like “airplanes,” “cars” or “keys.” At time of login, Vidoop displays an array of images including an airplane, a car, or a key, and several other unrelated images. Without knowledge of the secret, the display appears completely random to other observers.

The user spots the secret categories known only to him and notices a series of digits that act as the one-time access code. Since other observers do not know the user’s categories, they do not know which of the displayed access codes to use as the key. Only the user can interpret the one-time access code from the display.



What's more interesting is the company's beta site, Myvidoop.com, which provides integration with OpenID. The company also hosts a video showing how the solution works.




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