Ferreira, Ana and Correia, Ricardo and Chadwick, David W. and Santos, Henrique and Gomes, Rut and Reis, Diogo and Antunes, Luis
Password Sharing and How to Reduce It.
In: Chryssanthou, Anargyros and Apostolakis, Ioannis and Varlamis, Iraklis, eds.
Certification and Security in Health-Related Web Applications: Concepts and Solutions.
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Medical Information Science Reference, New York, pp. 243-263.
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Password sharing is a common security problem. Some application domains are more exposed than others
and, by dealing with very sensitive information, the healthcare domain is definitely not exempt from this
problem. This chapter presents a case study of a cross section of how healthcare professionals actually
deal with password authentication in typical real world scenarios. It then compares the professionals’
actual practice with what they feel about password sharing and what are the most frequent problems
associated with it. Further, this chapter discusses and suggests how to solve or minimize some of these
problems using both technological and social cultural mechanisms.
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