Exploration and field study of a password manager using icon-based passwords

Bicakci K., Atalay N. B., Yuceel M., Van Oorschot P.

15th International Conference on Financial Cryptography and Data Security, FC 2011, St. Lucia, QLD, Australia, 28 February - 04 March 2011, vol.7126 LNCS, pp.104-118 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 7126 LNCS
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/978-3-642-29889-9_9
  • City: St. Lucia, QLD
  • Country: Australia
  • Page Numbers: pp.104-118
  • Keywords: field study, graphical passwords, password managers, security and usability
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


We carry out a hybrid lab and field study of a password manager program, and report on usability and security. Our study explores iPMAN, a browser-based password manager that in addition uses a graphical password scheme for the master password. We present our findings as a set of observations and insights expected to be of interest both to those exploring password managers, and graphical passwords. © 2012 Springer-Verlag.