USC Linguists Suggest Poetry Inspired Passwords


University of Southern California linguists are attempting to make cyber space safer through harder to hack passwords.

Creating memorable yet secure passwords, however, can be a tedious and frustrating process. Therefore, the two linguists have created a program that does the hard work for you. In creating the program, they mimicked the mnemonic devices that poets might use in their verse. According to Nikhil Sonnad of CityLab, “the rhyming and rhythm of poetry … makes poem-passwords easier to remember.”

The linguists’ program constructs “passwords that are both easy for humans to remember and very difficult for computers to crack.”

When Coldfront editors tried out the poem-password generator, here’s the result they received: “And trimming company supplied / imbalance Derby unified.” Try the password generator here.