Stronger Password Authentication Using Browser Extensions

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In this paper, we describe the design, user interface, and implementation of a browser extension, PwdHash, that strengthens web password authentication. We believe that by providing customized passwords, preferably over SSL, we can reduce the threat of password attacks with no server changes and little or no change to the user experience. Since the users who fall victim to many common attacks are technically unsophisticated, our techniques are designed to transparently provide novice users with the benefits of password practices that are otherwise only feasible for security experts. We have experimented with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox implementations and report the result of initial user studies.
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Stronger Password Authentication Using Browser Extensions

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