Is My Password Strong Enough?: A Study on User Perception in The Developing World

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4108/eai.11-2-2022.173452

Keywords:

Password strength, Password policy, User perception, Security, Usability, Memorability

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: The first line of defense in the cyber world is strong and difficult to predict passwords. However, users often choose highly predictable passwords based on personal information, dictionary words, birth date, etc.

OBJECTIVES: The primary objective is to ascertain password choice and practices of users of developing countries.

METHODS: Most of the existing studies are done in the developed world and our exhaustive search failed to find similar research in the context of developing countries. Here, we conducted detailed surveybased scrutiny about the password- based security perceptions of Bangladeshi nationals, which include 881 participants, primarily students, and professionals.

RESULTS: Most of the users were found to have bad practices, for example, having personal information(56%), password reuse(69%), having commonly used patterns(81.3%). Students from technical backgrounds fared well compared to non-technical backgrounds as expected. However, some professionals (especially Bankers) surprisingly chose weaker passwords even though dealing with sensitive data.

CONCLUSION: We also make a few recommendations to improve awareness.

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Published

11-02-2022

How to Cite

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Islam Tanni T, Taharat T, Parvez MS, Rumee STA, Zaber MI. Is My Password Strong Enough?: A Study on User Perception in The Developing World. EAI Endorsed Trans Creat Tech [Internet]. 2022 Feb. 11 [cited 2024 Apr. 18];9(30):e3. Available from: https://publications.eai.eu/index.php/ct/article/view/1407