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The Influence of Graphical Representations of Password Strength on the Behaviour of Potential Victims of Cybercrime

Ocko, Aljoscha (2021) The Influence of Graphical Representations of Password Strength on the Behaviour of Potential Victims of Cybercrime.

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Abstract:Cybercrime is a problem of increasing importance in the digitalised world. One important aspect of cybercrime prevention is password security and the question of how to motivate potential victims of cybercrime to choose secure passwords. Using the framework of Protection Motivation Theory and taking findings from other areas into consideration, this study seeks to investigate whether or not participants can be influenced by presenting them with a colour-coded graphical representation of password strength. Results indicate that being presented with a graphic does not increase participants’ intent to change passwords and also does not increase the reported level of information gained. Implications and limitations of the study are discussed.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/85912
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