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Malicious Interfaces and Personalization's Uninviting Future
May/June 2009 (vol. 7 no. 3)
pp. 64-67
Gregory Conti, US Military Academy at West Point
Edward Sobiesk, US Military Academy at West Point
Contrary to conventional wisdom, many computer interfaces don't assist users in accomplishing tasks quickly, easily, and efficiently. A growing number of interfaces, particularly on the Web, seek to frustrate user task accomplishment, instead seeking to manipulate users into taking undesired actions or revealing personal data. In these situations, we argue that the interface designer has become a potent adversary who puts his goals ahead of the user's at the cost of a users' time, attention, and personal information. The authors explore the problem of these malicious interfaces as well as their impact on privacy.

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Index Terms:
malicious interfaces, adversarial interface design, evil interfaces, design principles, Web usability, security & privacy, privacy interests, privacy
Gregory Conti, Edward Sobiesk, "Malicious Interfaces and Personalization's Uninviting Future," IEEE Security & Privacy, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 64-67, May-June 2009, doi:10.1109/MSP.2009.71
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