USPTO Grants RememberIN Patent for Improved Photo-Based Login

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RememberIN improves user authentication with a photo-based login method that is memorable and secure

We provide a strong and memorable log-in that reduces human error, user frustration and cost associated with password resets.

RememberIN, Inc. is pleased to announce the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted patent #8,881,251 “Electronic Authentication Using Pictures and Images”. RememberIN is a unique knowledge based authentication method that allows users to create strong and memorable passwords from photos selected in a sequence from popular categories. RememberIN leverages human abilities to remember categories and images better than sequences of complex alpha-numeric characters.

In an August 2014 WIRED Magazine article by Robert McMillan, "Turns Out Your Complex Passwords Aren’t Much Safer," Donna Dodson, chief cyber security advisor at the National Institute of Standards and Technology emphasizes the need to improve the traditional alpha-numeric password approach. “Putting the burden of security on the end-user and making it more complex just doesn’t work,” says Dodson. “The security has to be usable for the end-user. Otherwise they’re going to find workarounds.” The more complex passwords become, users will often develop riskier tactics to remember them, e.g. writing them down, reusing the same password across sites, etc., making the entire process less secure. According to inventor and founder Stuart Hilger, “We provide a strong and memorable log-in that reduces human error, user frustration and cost associated with password resets.”

The growing use of biometric authentication improves the process, but it is not enough. Often, the alternative to failed biometric authentication is a short numeric code with inferior strength. RememberIN, combined with biometric methods, provides superior password strength at the device level. RememberIN augments current multi-factor login methods or simply replace less memorable personal identification numbers (PINs).

RememberIN appeals to a broader range of user segments including children and seniors. Its simple, intuitive experience is consistent across devices, languages and platforms. RememberIN is an improvement to current photo based password methods that offer insufficient strength to act as stand-alone passcodes. With RememberIN’s use of “categorization” of photos, there are millions of potential combinations using photos in sequence.

About RememberIN

RememberIN's mission is to improve user authentication with a photo-based login method that is simple, memorable and secure. RememberIN, Inc. was founded in April 2012. For more information, visit http://www.rememberin.com or contact stuart(at)rememberin(dot)com, phone 508.625.1535.

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