Intelligent Environments solution to your run of the mill 4 digit PIN is not some pill you swallow or “secrets” you and your smartphone share. Their idea involves lots of little pictures so called emojis, that will replace your accounts’ PIN. The emojis are the evolved smilies that sometimes really remind you of the god old Windows cliparts. You normally use them when chatting on WhatsApp (or any other app really) with your friends and family.
Now you might ask yourself the same thing I did: Why would I ever replace my trusty old PIN? The answer to that question is pretty simple. A normal PIN which you would use in order to secure your account, most of the time only uses four digits from 0 to 9. This means that a traditional PIN has 7290 unique permutations of four non-repeating numbers. An emoji Passcode that relies on a base of 44 emojis would sport 3,498,308 million unique permutations of non-repeating cute little images.
According to Intelligent Environments there are other advantages as well apart from being mathematically more: “This new emoji security technology is also easier to remember as research shows humans remember pictures better than words.” And memory expert Tony Buzan adds: “The Emoji Passcode plays to humans’ extraordinary ability to remember pictures, which is anchored in our evolutionary history. We remember more information when it’s in pictorial form, that’s why the Emoji Passcode is better than traditional PINs.”