Toward accessible authentication: Learning from people with visual impairments

Bryan Dosono, Jordan Hayes, Yang Wang

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Current authentication mechanisms often pose significant challenges for people with disabilities. Drawing from a contextual inquiry study of visually impaired individuals experiences with authentication, we uncover specific difficulties that these users encounter in a wide range of authentication scenarios. These difficulties are related to web accessibility issues and limitations of assistive technologies. For instance, locating web login elements is time-consuming and error-prone for visually impaired users. We highlight the importance of accessibility in privacy and security, and share lessons learned for designing accessible authentication experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)62-70
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Internet Computing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018


  • Internet
  • authentication
  • disabilities
  • human factors
  • passwords
  • visual impairments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications


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