Investigating the Use of Gesture-Based Passwords by the Seniors

  • Lakshmidevi SreeramareddyEmail author
  • Pewu Mulbah
  • Jinjuan Heidi Feng
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9190)


Older adults in the US are the fastest-growing demographic group, and also the fastest-growing group of internet users [1]. Many computer related tasks, such as user authentication, could be a challenge for the seniors as their cognitive and physical capabilities decline. To date, the most commonly used authentication method is alphanumeric passwords, which have substantial challenges regarding security and usability [2]. Authentication using traditional alphanumeric passwords can be particularly problematic for the seniors because secure passwords are usually hard to remember [3]. Therefore, due to memory loss, one common problem associated with aging, the traditional alphanumeric passwords could be challenging for the seniors to recall and manage. To address this challenge, we developed a gesture-based password application as an alternative to the traditional alphanumeric passwords [4]. Preliminary studies suggest that users could learn the new password method in fairly short amount of time [5]. In this paper, we report an empirical user study to investigate how the seniors interact with the gesture password application.


Usable security and privacy User security and privacy by design Accessibility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lakshmidevi Sreeramareddy
    • 1
    Email author
  • Pewu Mulbah
    • 1
  • Jinjuan Heidi Feng
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer and Information SciencesTowson UniversityTowsonUSA

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