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Security as if People Mattered
July-Aug. 2011 (vol. 9 no. 4)
pp. 64-67
Tara Whalen, Carleton University
Computer security and usability are challenging problems that are often interrelated. In harmonizing security and usability, it isn't enough to consider how human factors can be leveraged in support of security. Instead, it's important to take a user-centered perspective, and consider how best to support people in attaining their goals when they use computer systems. This article approaches this problem by highlighting some of the psychological factors and human values that must be considered when creating effective security solutions.

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Index Terms:
security, usability, usable security, psychology
Tara Whalen, "Security as if People Mattered," IEEE Security & Privacy, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 64-67, July-Aug. 2011, doi:10.1109/MSP.2011.92
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