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Enhancing Password Authentication Using Association Password Technique: An Ecological Theory of Memory and Data

Version 1 : Received: 10 August 2020 / Approved: 11 August 2020 / Online: 11 August 2020 (15:08:21 CEST)

How to cite: Commodore, R.; Hayfron-Acquah, J.B. Enhancing Password Authentication Using Association Password Technique: An Ecological Theory of Memory and Data. Preprints 2020, 2020080268 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202008.0268.v1). Commodore, R.; Hayfron-Acquah, J.B. Enhancing Password Authentication Using Association Password Technique: An Ecological Theory of Memory and Data. Preprints 2020, 2020080268 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202008.0268.v1).

Abstract

The Study proposes possible solution to enhance Password Authentication using Association Technique based on the Ecological theory of memory and data at the Presbyterian university College Ghana. The study used a deductive research approach and employed two empirical Studies using the non-probability sampling technique where few respondents were selected in categories out of the populace by means of openness in other to get similar categories of respondents with different age groups and education background. The two Empirical study also used a quasi-experimental approach which structure incorporate observation, experimental treatment and timing. The First empirical study carried out an investigation to identify existing Password authentication Technique used by End Users, as well as their behavior in password utilization through a self-completed questionnaires which was analyzed using SPSS version 21 . The Second empirical study was an experiment to compared three kinds of password constructions that is own set, modified dictionary, and association against one another to see which of them would be best meet the ecological theory of memory and data which aims at creating a secured password that is easy to recall. The computation and evaluation of password construction was done using My1login Password meter whiles Levenshtein Distance String Edit Software was also used to compute the memorability of all given password. Across-tabulation was then employed out of the experiment using SPSS version 21. The result from the analysis revealed that the majority of the respondents do have weak passwords and also have few passwords which they even end up sharing with families and friends and reuse it. This confirms statements made by researchers that human being is the weakest connection in information system securities. To maintain Confidentiality, Availability and Integrity of data, the study therefore recommended the use of the Association Password technique which makes it easier to develop a much secured password that is difficult to crack but easy remember.

Subject Areas

Authentication; Password Authentication; Password Strength; Password Memorability; Association Password Technique; Computer Security

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