On multiple password interference of touch screen patterns and text passwords

Weizhi MENG, Wenjuan LI, Lijun JIANG, Liying MENG

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Abstract

The memorability of multiple passwords is an important topic for user authentication systems. With the advent of Android unlock pattern mechanism, research studies started investigating its usability and security features. This paper presents a study of recalling multiple passwords between text passwords and touch screen unlock patterns, as well as exploring whether users have difficulty in remembering those patterns after a period of time. In our study, participants create unlock patterns for various account scenarios. Our results reveal that participants in the unlock pattern condition with three accounts can outperform those in the text password condition (i.e., achieve higher success rates), not only in a one-hour session (short-term), but also after two weeks (long-term). However, there was no statistically significant difference between participants in the text password and unlock pattern condition in the long-term, when dealing with six accounts. Copyright © 2016 ACM.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages4818-4822
ISBN (Electronic)9781450333627
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2016

Citation

Meng, W., Li, W., Jiang, L., & Meng, L. (2016). On multiple password interference of touch screen patterns and text passwords. In Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 4818-4822). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2858036.2858547

Keywords

  • User authentication
  • Android unlock pattern
  • Multiple password interference
  • Graphical password
  • Usable security

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