The Effect of Educating Users on Passwords: A Preliminary Study

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Topic: Security
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Passwords are a basic authentication method for most information systems. Despite their widespread use, passwords still suffer from a number of problems. Users and their passwords are the Achille's heel (the weakest link) of security, because they still tend to create passwords that are weak, easy to remember and contain words that a familiar to them. They also tend to trade security for memorability. Users' lack of security consciousness and their behavior can be influenced by information security training. This paper presents the preliminary results of their research in progress. This paper explores the effect of password security training on strength of the passwords chosen by the users and their consciousness about security and the importance of creating strong and hard-to-guess passwords.

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