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Use Your Words: Designing One-time Pairing Codes to Improve User Experience

Wiseman, S; Soto Miño, G; Cox, AL; Gould, SJJ; Moore, J; Needham, C; (2016) Use Your Words: Designing One-time Pairing Codes to Improve User Experience. In: (Proceedings) Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. (pp. pp. 1385-1389). ACM: New York, USA.

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Abstract

The Internet of Things is connecting an ever-increasing number of devices. These devices often require access to personal information, but their meagre user interfaces usually do not permit traditional modes of authentication. On such devices, one-time pairing codes are often used instead. This pairing process can involve transcribing randomly generated alphanumeric codes, which can be frustrating, slow and error-prone. In this paper, we present an improved pairing method that uses sets of English words instead of random strings. The word method, although longer in terms of character length, allows users to pair devices more quickly, whilst still maintaining the complexity necessary for secure interactions.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Use Your Words: Designing One-time Pairing Codes to Improve User Experience
Event: Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Location: San Jose, CA, USA
Dates: 07 May 2016 - 12 May 2016
DOI: 10.1145/2858036.2858377
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2858036.2858377
Language: English
Keywords: Pairing, Passcodes, Passwords, Data Entry, Authentication, Internet of Things, Typing, Transcription, Text Entry
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1476047
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