Fancy emoji passwords anyone?
To complete the infantilisation of Britain, a shower called Intelligent Environments says that they are in talks with banks to sell what they claim is the first authentication scheme to replace the passwords we already have, with emoji.
Now, there's a little sense behind this - the company reckon that there's 480 more permutations with emoji, than there are with four digit passcode equivalents. [insert dancing emoji here]
Intelligent Environments' managing director David Webber says: "We've had input from lots of millennials when we developed the technology. What's clear is that the younger generation is communicating in new ways."
"Our research shows 64 percent of millennials regularly communicate only using emojis."
So there. The company say that PINs have 7290 unique permutations of four non-repeating numbers, while emoji codes have 3,498,308. That is based on the 44 emoji that are typically found in the company's mobile emoji login app.
Of course, this would invariably mean that you wouldn't be able to drunkenly tell people what your password is as well: 'My password is that sort of grimacing face... no... the one that looks like a salesman grinning at you with gritted teeth while lying... followed by the Easter Island statue... followed by the one who is crying a bit... no... the sort of blubbing, rather than bawling... and one of those buildings... you know the one... oh I give up.'
Still, thick people would probably find a way of replicating the '1234' style passwords that are really easy to guess, or just have four of those dancing girls. Either way - emoji! Now making your life more secure.