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May/June 2008 (vol. 12 no. 3)
pp. 10-12
Elizabeth Churchill, Yahoo! Research
Les Nelson, Palo Alto Research Center
Diana K. Smetters, Palo Alto Research Center
Usability is a growing concern in designing systems and applications that operate securely. Most usability work has focused on improving user interfaces, but security is systemic, and negotiating, instituting, and maintaining real-world security procedures and practices is an organizational and social activity.

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Index Terms:
security, useful security, usability, secure user interfaces, social computing
Elizabeth Churchill, Les Nelson, Diana K. Smetters, "Useful Computer Security," IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 10-12, May-June 2008, doi:10.1109/MIC.2008.67
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