Convenience or Strength? Aiding Optimal Strategies in Password Generation
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Passwords are a wide-spread authentication method used almost unanimously. Though the topic of passwords security may seem old, it is more relevant than ever. This study examines current user-password interactions and classifies them in terms of convenience and security. Findings show that users are aware of what constitutes a secure password but may forgo these security measures in terms of more convenient passwords, largely depending on account type. Additionally, responses show that users are very motivated to reuse or create similar passwords, making them easy to remember and including something meaningful to them. Finally, researchers provide discussion of the results along with a conclusion and recommendations.
KeywordsSecurity Convenience Password management Cybersecurity
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