Visible to the public Password Logbooks and What Their Amazon Reviews Reveal About the Users’ Motivations, Beliefs, and BehaviorsConflict Detection Enabled

TitlePassword Logbooks and What Their Amazon Reviews Reveal About the Users’ Motivations, Beliefs, and Behaviors
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsRoss Koppel, University of Southern California, Jim Blythe, University of Southern Califonia, Vijay Kothari, Dartmouth College, Sean Smith, Dartmouth College
Conference Name2nd European Workshop on Useable Security (EuroUSEC 2017)
Conference LocationParis, France
KeywordsScience of Human Circumvention of Security, science of security
Abstract

The existence of and market for notebooks designedfor users to write down passwords illuminates a sharp contrast: what is often prescribed as proper password behavior--e.g., never write down passwords--differs from what many users actually do. These password logbooks and their reviews provide many unique and surprising insights into their users' beliefs, motivations, and behaviors. We examine the password logbooks and analyze, using grounded theory, their reviews, to better understand how these users think and behave with respectto password authentication. Several themes emerge including: previous password management strategies, gifting, organizational strategies, password sharing, and dubious security advice. Some users argue these books enhance security.

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