Comparative Analysis of Three Language Spheres: Are Linguistic and Cultural Differences Reflected in Password Selection Habits?

Keika Mori, Takuya Watanabe, Yunao Zhou, Ayako Akiyama Hasegawa, Mitsuaki Akiyama, Tatsuya Mori

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Abstract

This work aims to determine the propensity of password creation through the lens of language spheres. To this end, we consider three different countries/languages, each with a different culture: China/Chinese, United Kingdom (UK)/English, and Japan/Japanese. We first employ a user study to verify whether language and culture are reflected in password creation. We found that users in all three countries prefer to create their passwords from base words, and the kinds of words they are incorporated into passwords vary between countries. We then test whether the findings obtained through the user study are reflected in a corpus of leaked passwords. We found that users in China and Japan prefer dates, while users in Japan and the UK prefer names. We also found that cultural words(e.g., 'sakura' in Japan and 'football' in the UK) are frequently used to create passwords. Finally, we demonstrate that the knowledge on the linguistic background of targeted users can be exploited to increase the speed of the password guessing process.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 4th IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops, EUROS and PW 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages159-171
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781728130262
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jun
Event4th IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops, EUROS and PW 2019 - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 2019 Jun 172019 Jun 19

Publication series

NameProceedings - 4th IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops, EUROS and PW 2019

Conference

Conference4th IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops, EUROS and PW 2019
CountrySweden
CityStockholm
Period19/6/1719/6/19

Keywords

  • Cross-cultural analysis
  • Password security
  • User authentication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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