Enhancing Password Security through Interactive Fear Appeals: A Web-Based Field Experiment

  title={Enhancing Password Security through Interactive Fear Appeals: A Web-Based Field Experiment},
  author={Anthony Vance and David Eargle and Kirk Ouimet and Detmar W. Straub},
  journal={2013 46th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences},
Passwords remain the dominant authentication mechanism for information security. Unfortunately, research has shown that most passwords are highly insecure. Given the risks of using weak passwords, there is a need to effectively motivate users to select strong passwords. In this study we examine the influence of interactivity, as well as static and interactive fear appeals, on motivating users to increase the strength of their passwords. We developed a field experiment involving the account… CONTINUE READING
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