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A Study of Online Security Practices

Abstract Data from a total of 282 online web applications was collected, and accounts for 230 of those web applications were created in order to gather data about authentication practices, multistep authentication practices, security question practices, fallback authentication practices, and other security practices for online accounts. The account creation and data collection was done between June 2016 and April 2017. The password strengths for online accounts were analyzed and password strength data was compared to existing data. Security questions used by online accounts were evaluated for security and usability, and fallback authentication practices were assessed based on their adherence to best practices. Alternative authentication schemes were... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Gutierrez, Garrett (Author) / Bazzi, Rida (Advisor) / Ahn, Gail-Joon (Committee member) / Doupe, Adam (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Computer science / Web studies / Fallback Authentication / Mulitfactor Authentication / Password Policy / Primary Authentication / Security Question / Web Application
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 109 pages
Language English
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note Masters Thesis Computer Science 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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Description Dissertation/Thesis
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Description Combination of Security Practices
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Description Coded Account Data for 282 and 230 Web Applications
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Description Password Recovery Statistics and Graphs
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Description Password Policies Statistics and Graphs
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Description Security Question Statistics and Graphs