Your New Bank PIN Could be Smiley Face, Thumbs Up, Heart Symbol

By Tim Maytom


UK-based technology company Intelligent Environments has created an emoji-based passcode that claims to be easier to remember and more mathematically secure than existing number-based systems.

According to Professor Vyv Evans of Bangor University, emoji is the UK’s fastest growing language, and now users can substitute their traditional PINs with smiley faces, cats and cartoon hearts.

The emoji passcode technology has been integrated into Intelligent Environments’ Android mobile banking app, and lets users pick from a bank of 44 different characters, meaning there are 480 times more permutations than traditional four-digit passcodes.

According to the firm, research shows that nearly a third of UK residents have forgotten their PINs at some point, while 25 per cent use the same PIN for all cards, making them less secure and easier for criminals or hackers to break through.

In addition to being more difficult to crack, emoji are supposedly easier to memorise, due to the fact that humans are more skilled at remembering images than numbers.

“The Emoji Passcode plays to humans’ extraordinary ability to remember pictures, which is anchored in our evolutionary history,” said Tony Buzan, memory expert. “We remember more information when it’s in pictorial form, that’s why the Emoji Passcode is …read more

Source:: Mobile App News