A Survey of Password Schemes in Different Contexts

Sean Caldwell, Ye Zhu, Huirong Fu


We conduct user surveys to investigate user preferences on password schemes for mobile devices. By preforming face-to-face interviews with several individuals and testing several hypotheses, we were able to provide insight on end users and their views on where password schemes should be used. The investigation also indicates that users value access speed and minimal gestures over security and memorability. Through the surveys, we also find out users are not caring about shoulder-surfing attacks although the shoulder-surfing resistance is one of the major research topics on security. The surveys also show strong interest from users to protect individual applications with password schemes.


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