Faculty Advisor

Eisenbarth, Thomas

Faculty Advisor

Smith, Alexander D.


The threat of online personal information breaches rises as people put more critical data online, and despite ample availability, strong authentication protecting this information is not being adopted quickly enough to address the threat. To better understand this problem, the IQP team designed and conducted a study to isolate factors leading to such behavior. The team found that people had trouble surmounting the shift to stronger tools, but once past that, they readily settled into permanent use. Also, personal connection to threats was correlated to a good impression of strong authentication. The solution may be online security education that induces a personal connection to the threat, so as to create a better incentive to overcome the obstacles of transitioning and increase security.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2016

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies