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A Tap-Based Back-of-Device Mobile Users Authentication System

  • Author(s): Kulshreshtha, Satvik;
  • Advisor(s): Arif, Ahmed Sabbir;
  • et al.

We propose a novel tap-based mobile user authentication system that enables users to authenticate

themselves by performing tap patterns on the back of the device. With this approach, the user first

selects a pattern as her password, then performs it to authenticate herself. On each authentication

attempt, the system compares the data from the built-in microphone and accelerometer with the

password, then authenticates the user when they are similar. Since the proposed approach requires

performing the tap patterns on the back of the device, it increases security by reducing the risks of

shoulder surfing, smudge, and video attack. In a user study, the approach yielded 70% accuracy

rate with just three samples, and was secure (17% successful attack rate) even in an ideal shoulder

surfing threat model. Further, most participants found it easy-to-use, felt secure while using it, and

wanted to keep using it on their devices.

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