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Issue No.05 - September-October (2004 vol.2)
pp: 16-18
Lorrie Faith Cranor , Carnegie Mellon University
Simson Garfinkel , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
There's an old joke that computers are actually easy machines to secure: just turn them off, lock them in a metal-lined room, and throw away the key. What you end up with is a machine that is very secure--just not very usable.<p>As the joke's continuing popularity demonstrates, many people believe that there is an inherent trade-off between security and usability. A computer without passwords is usable, but not very secure. On the other hand, a computer that requires you to authenticate every 5 minutes with your password and a fresh drop of blood might indeed be very secure, but nobody would want to use it.</p>
usability, security
Lorrie Faith Cranor, Simson Garfinkel, "Guest Editors' Introduction: Secure or Usable?", IEEE Security & Privacy, vol.2, no. 5, pp. 16-18, September-October 2004, doi:10.1109/MSP.2004.69
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