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Graphical Passwords as Browser Extension: Implementation and Usability Study

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Executive Summary

Today, most Internet applications still establish user authentication with traditional text based passwords. Designing a secure as well as a user-friendly password-based method has been on the agenda of security researchers for a long time. On one hand, there are password manager programs which facilitate generating site-specific strong passwords from a single user password to eliminate the memory burden due to multiple passwords. On the other hand, there are studies exploring the viability of graphical passwords as a more secure and user-friendly alternative. In this paper, the authors present GPEX, a password manager program implemented as a web browser plug-in to enable using graphical passwords to se-cure Internet applications without any need to change their authentication interface.

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