Zaber, Moinul Islam Tanni, Tangila Islam Taharat, Tanjin
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28th European Regional Conference of the International Telecommunications Society (ITS): "Competition and Regulation in the Information Age", Passau, Germany, July 30 - August 2, 2017
Users are considered as the weakest link of security. Password based authentication is considered to be the most popular authentication mechanism although in this the entire security of a system can be dependent on the secrecy of a single word. A good text based password is required to be easy to remember and hard to guess sequence of characters, which creates the dilemma. With the increase of use of technology and Internet, a single person needs maintain multiple accounts, which influences users to create highly predictable passwords. Although, many research has been conducted in developed countries on user’s behavior and practices of password, nothing significant is done in Bangladesh. We designed a survey questionnaire and we gave it to students and professionals working in various sectors. We have collected data from 881 participants and analyzed them to identify general perception of password among students and professionals. We also went to government banks, talked to employees and tried to find out the level vulnerability in the case of a password attack to breach data. We found out common misconceptions, alarming practices and shortcomings of password policies.