Could emojis be the answer to our password problems?

In light of today's breach of LastPass, there is a lot of talk about passwords. (Btw, if you are a LastPass user, you are encouraged to change your Master Password ASAP).
Yesterday, an innovative approach to passwords was issued by UK-based firm Intelligent Environments, a provider of mobile and online solutions for financial service organisations. 
Presented as the world’s first emoji-only passcode, the press release states that it is mathematically more secure - not to mention easier to remember - than traditional pass codes. There are 480 times more permutations using emojis over traditional four digit pass codes, says the release. In addition, it will prevent hackers from identifying common and easily obtainable numerical pass codes, like a date of birth or a wedding anniversary.
You can watch a video to see the app in action. 
The idea is that the Emoji Passcode lets consumers to log into their banks using four emoji characters, instead of traditional PINs or passwords. The characters are selected from a bank of about 50 Emojis, all of which have been integrated into the company's Android digital banking app. It is a simple idea that may just be really smart. 

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