Logging safely in public spaces using color PINs [article]

Frank Nielsen
2013 arXiv   pre-print
Nowadays, we are increasingly logging on many different Internet sites to access private data like emails or photos remotely stored in the clouds. This makes us all the more concerned with digital identity theft and passwords being stolen either by key loggers or shoulder-surfing attacks. Quite surprisingly, the current bottleneck of computer security when logging for authentication is the User Interface (UI): How can we enter safely secret passwords when concealed spy cameras or key loggers
more » ... be recording the login session? Logging safely requires to design a secure Human Computer Interface (HCI) robust to those attacks. We describe a novel method and system based on entering secret ID passwords by means of associative secret UI passwords that provides zero-knowledge to observers. We demonstrate the principles using a color Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) login system and describes its various extensions.
arXiv:1304.6499v1 fatcat:aifooax3lndu5igutryounkepe