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Are passfaces more usable than passwords? A field trial investigation

Brostoff, S; Sasse, MA; (2000) Are passfaces more usable than passwords? A field trial investigation. In: McDonald, S and Waern, Y and Cockton, G, (eds.) PEOPLE AND COMPUTERS XIV - USABILITY OR ELSE! (pp. 405 - 424). SPRINGER-VERLAG LONDON LTD

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Abstract

The proliferation of technology requiring user authentication has increased the number of passwords which users have to remember, creating a significant usability problem. This paper reports a usability comparison between a new mechanism for user authentication Passfaces - and passwords, with 34 student participants in a 3-month held trial. Fewer login errors were made with Passfaces, even when periods between logins were long, On the computer facilities regularly chosen by participants to log in, Passfaces took a long time to execute. Participants consequently started their work later when using Passfaces than when using passwords, and logged into the system less often, The results emphasise the importance of evaluating the usability of security mechanisms in field trials.

Type:Proceedings paper
Title:Are passfaces more usable than passwords? A field trial investigation
Event:Annual Conference on Human-Computer Interaction Topics (HCI 2000)
Location:SUNDERLAND UNIV, SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND
Dates:2000-09
ISBN:1-85233-318-9
Keywords:task performance, evaluation, passwords, security, human memory, MEMORY, AUTHENTICATION, RECALL
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > UCL Interaction Centre
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Computer Science

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