Middle East Association of Computer Science and Engineering (MEACSE)
Password based security is still the most prevalent form of controlling access to trusted resources accessed through computers. There are several difficulties associated with password based systems, the predominant one being password memorability. The average person has approximately 15 passwords to maintain, which engenders a significant cognitive burden if passwords are selected and utilized properly. One potential solution to the memorability issue is to provide users with password hints. For instance, literal hints in the form of a displaying a subset of the actual password characters in situ during has been deployed commercially.