Influencing Users Towards Better Passwords: Persuasive Cued Click-Points
Authors: Sonia Chiasson, Alain Forget, Robert Biddle, P.C. van Oorschot

Date: September 2008
Publication: Proceedings of the 22nd British HCI Group Annual Conference on People and Computers 2008
Page(s): 121 - 130
Publisher: ACM
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Abstract or Summary:
Usable security has unique usability challenges because the need for security often means that standard human-computer-interaction approaches cannot be directly applied. An important usability goal for authentication systems is to support users in selecting better passwords, thus increasing security by expanding the effective password space. In click-based graphical passwords, poorly chosen passwords lead to the emergence of hotspots portions of the image where users are more likely to select click-points, allowing attackers to mount more successful dictionary attacks. We use persuasion to influence user choice in click-based graphical passwords, encouraging users to select more random, and hence more secure, click-points. Our approach is to introduce persuasion to the Cued Click-Points graphical password scheme (Chiasson, van Oorschot, Biddle, 2007). Our resulting scheme significantly reduces hotspots while still maintaining its usability.

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