Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science

First Advisor

Ying Zhu - Chair

Second Advisor

Scott Owen

Third Advisor

Raheem Beyah


The most common computer authentication method is to use alphanumerical usernames and passwords. This method has been shown to have significant drawbacks. For example, users tend to pick passwords that can be easily guessed. On the other hand, if a password is hard to guess, then it is often hard to remember. To address this problem, some researchers have developed authentication methods that use pictures as passwords. In this paper, I conduct a comprehensive survey of the existing graphical password techniques. I classify these techniques into two categories: recognition-based and recall-based approaches. I discuss the strengths and limitations of each method and point out the future research directions in this area. I also developed three new techniques against the common problem exists in the present graphical password techniques. In this thesis, the scheme of each new technique will be proposed; the advantages of each technique will be discussed; and the future work will be anticipated.