The Forgotten Password

The Forgotten Password

A Solution to Selecting, Securing and Remembering Passwords

LAP Lambert Academic Publishing ( 2010-01-11 )

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Internet passwords are required of us more and more. Personal experience and research shows us that it is difficult to create and remember unique passwords that meet security requirements. This study tested a unique method of password generation based on a selection of mnemonic aids aimed at increasing the usability, security and memorability of passwords. Fifty-one engineers, accountants and university students aged between 17 – 61 years participated in the study. They were randomly assigned to one of three groups: mnemonic, self- selection and random. All passwords in the study had to meet the following criteria: they had to be unique, at least eight characters long with a mixture of letters and numbers, and not include complete words or personal identifiers, sequential or repetitive numbers, and the passwords could not be written down or recorded anywhere. The mnemonic group created passwords based on a variety of mnemonic processes, the self-selection group generated passwords that complied with the above criteria, and the random group were assigned random passwords generated by the experimenter.

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Tracy Jane Filmer-Clark

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