An Analysis of Graphical Authentication Techniques for Mobile Platforms as Alternatives to Passwords

Hannah, R. J.

Senior Research Thesis, Computer Science, University of Illinois, December 2014.


The username and password authentication design has been a long standing institution in the wide set of interactive, user-based technologies. More recently, the emergence and growth of mobile technologies has prompted the need for an evolution in authentication avenues that have increased touch-input friendliness for users, while maintaining a similar level of security that passwords have oft provided. Our research evaluates three graphical authentications designs via simple implementations on the Android platform, volunteer feedback on basic usage of the implementations, and conceptual analysis of the security offerings for each, all while weighting pertinent aspects against the common password authentication approach.

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