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Malicious Interfaces and Personalization's Uninviting Future
Found in: IEEE Security and Privacy
By Gregory Conti, Edward Sobiesk
Issue Date:May 2009
pp. 64-67
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 ma...
 
The Cost of Free Web Tools
Found in: IEEE Security and Privacy
By Edward Sobiesk, Gregory Conti
Issue Date:May 2007
pp. 66-68
Free Web-based services aren't really free: users pay for them with micropayments of information that add up to a very significant sum. Indeed, it can be quite eye-opening to find out how much we reveal about ourselves and our companies through the seeming...
 
Strengthening the Weakest Link in Digital Protection
Found in: IEEE Security and Privacy
By William Suchan, Edward Sobiesk
Issue Date:November 2006
pp. 78-80
In our one-semester course at the US Military Academy in New York, we educate roughly 800 undergraduates from nontechnical fields each year on intermediate-level IT skills. We place our students in an isolated virtual-computing environment, give them hands...
 
Self-monitoring of web-based information disclosure
Found in: Proceedings of the 2007 ACM workshop on Privacy in electronic society (WPES '07)
By Edward Sobiesk
Issue Date:October 2007
pp. 56-59
Free online tools such as search, email and mapping come with a cost. Web users obtain such services by making micropayments of personal and organizational information to the web service providers. Web companies use this information to create customized ad...
     
An honest man has nothing to fear: user perceptions on web-based information disclosure
Found in: Proceedings of the 3rd symposium on Usable privacy and security (SOUPS '07)
By Edward Sobiesk, Gregory Conti
Issue Date:July 2007
pp. 112-121
In today's era of the global ubiquitous use of free online tools and business models that depend on data retention and customized advertising, we face a growing tension between the privacy concerns of individuals and the financial motivations of organizati...
     
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