PDL Abstract

Helping Users Create Better Passwords

USENIX ;login:, 37(6), December 2012.

Blase Ur, Patrick Gage Kelley, Saranga Komanduri, Joel Lee, Michael Maass, Michelle L. Mazurek, Timothy Passaro, Richard Shay, Timothy Vidas, Lujo Bauer, Nicolas Christin, Lorrie Faith Cranor, Serge Egelman, and Julio López

Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Over the past several years, we have researched how passwords are created, how they resist cracking, and how usable they are. In this article, we focus on recent work in which we tested various techniques that may encourage better password choices. What we found may surprise you.