Do Graphical Cues Effectively Inform Users? A Socio-Technical Security Study in Accessing Wifi Networks

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Do Graphical Cues Effectively Inform Users? A Socio-Technical Security Study in Accessing Wifi Networks

Ana Ferreira, Jean-Louis Huynen, Vincent Koenig, Gabriele Lenzini, Salvador Rivas
Abstract:
We study whether the padlock and the signal strength bars, two visual cues shown in network managers, convey their intended messages. Since users often choose insecure networks when they should not, finding the answer is not obvious; in our study we clarify whether the problem lies in uninformative and ambiguous cues or in the user who, despite understanding the cues, chooses otherwise. This paper describes experiments and comments the results that bring evidence to our study.
Authors:
Ana Ferreira, Jean-Louis Huynen, Vincent Koenig, Gabriele Lenzini, Salvador Rivas
Publication date:
2015
Published in:
Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Reference:
Ferreira, A., Huynen, J. L., Koenig, V., Lenzini, G., & Rivas, S. (2015, August). Do graphical cues effectively inform users?. In International Conference on Human Aspects of Information Security, Privacy, and Trust (pp. 323-334). Springer, Cham.

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