Virtual Fingerprint - Image-Based Authentication Increases Privacy for Users of Mouse-Replacement Interfaces

  • Viktoria Grindle
  • Syed Kamran Haider
  • John MageeEmail author
  • Marten van Dijk
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9178)


Current secondary user authentication methods are imperfect. They either rely heavily on a user’s ability to remember key preferences and phrases or they involve providing authentication on multiple devices. However, malicious attacks that compromise a user’s device or discover personal information about the user are becoming more sophisticated and increasing in number. Users who rely on mouse-replacement interfaces face additional privacy concerns when monitored or assisted by caregivers. Our authentication method proposes a way of quantifying a user’s personality traits by observing his selection of images. This method would not be as vulnerable to malicious attacks as current methods are because the method is based on psychological observations that can not be replicated by anyone other than the correct user. As a preliminary evaluation, we created a survey consisting of slides of images and asked participants to click through them. The results indicated our proposed authentication method has clear potential to address these issues.


Human-Computer Interaction Mouse-replacement interfaces Security Privacy Behavioral biometric Authentication Camera Mouse Virtual Fingerprint 



The authors would like to thank their participants. We would also like to thank John Chandy for his extensive guidance and the University of Connecticut for hosting the Research Experience for Undergraduates where much of the study discussed in this paper was conducted. Lastly we would like to thank the NSF for providing funding through the CNS-1359329 grant.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Viktoria Grindle
    • 1
  • Syed Kamran Haider
    • 2
  • John Magee
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marten van Dijk
    • 2
  1. 1.Math and Computer Science DepartmentClark UniversityWorcesterUSA
  2. 2.Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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