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									UMUC Student


February 9, 2009

                        A Large-Scale Study of Web Password Habits
        Although there are alternatives to using passwords such as hardware authentication,
challenge and response authentication, or one-time passwords, the reality still exists that
passwords are essential to the way users gain access to the World Wide Web. This report
examines the general problems with passwords such as insufficient password strength,
recollection difficulty, password re-use, number of accounts, and the various risks associated
with maintaining passwords.
       More than a half of a million users opted-in to be surveyed; however, Personally
Indefinable Information (PII) was not collected in an effort to further protect the privacy of those
being surveyed.
       This study is different from typical surveys in two ways. First, an actual survey of user
behavior is assessed versus using a survey based on what users claim their behavior or habits to
be. Last, the number of participants was much greater than previous studies.
        The results of the three months long study are compiled into a significant report which
displays various password averages per user. Based on this survey, conclusions can be made
about user accounts and how passwords are used, managed, and maintained on a daily basis. The
results of this study confirm that users choose passwords of poor quality, maintain many
accounts, re-use passwords frequently, and often forget them, making users vulnerable to attack.
Type of Abstract: Informative
Florencio, D., & Herley, C. (2007). A large-scale study of web password habits. In Proceedings
       of the 16th international Conference on World Wide Web (pp. 657-666). New York,
       NY: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/1242572.1242661.

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