Innovation and adaptation of authentication technologies for secure digital environment

The project focuses on researching the user-friendliness of selected authentication methods, specifically for verifying a person’s identity in digital communication. The authentication serves as clear-cut identification for the user with regard to the platform they access. An example of this, which we will use in our project, is the authentication for internet banking via a mobile device.

The project is focused on the development and modification of selected authentication methods based on user evaluations, and it aims to develop a method that will be safe, perceived as safe, and as user-friendly as possible.

The examined authentication methods involve:

  • Authentication via a numeric code
  • Authentication via a hardware token
  • Authentication via an identification card with a chip
  • Authentication via selected biometrics – face recognition or fingerprint recognition

Project outputs

Technical report in Czech and English

CZ: Uživatelské testování autentizačních metod mobilního bankovnictví ENG: User Testing of Mobile Banking Authentication Methods


AHEAD iTec Workshop: New trends in combining high security and user experience of mobile applications

In-Depth User Evaluation of mBanking Authentication Application NFC Token vs. Card-Reader: A Large-Scale Study of Preferences in Smartphone Authentication IDport Mark: secure and user-friendly transaction authorization


Cyberspace 2019 Presentation (Usable Security & Privacy Track)

User Perceptions of Usability and Security of Authentication Methods for Mobile Banking on Smartphones

Ilustrační obrázky: stories/; pikisuperstar/


Research team

David Šmahel
Lenka Dedkova
Martina Šmahelová
Lenka Knapová

Project Period: 3/2018 – 2/2020
Investor: Technology Agency of the Czech Republic
Principal investigators: David Šmahel, Václav Matyáš
Cooperating Organization: AHEAD iTec, s.r.o.

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