Reinforcing bad behaviour : the misuse of security indicators on popular websites
Stebila, Douglas (2010) Reinforcing bad behaviour : the misuse of security indicators on popular websites. In Proceedings of the 22nd Australasian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (OZCHI 2010), ACM, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, pp. 248-251.
Before making a security or privacy decision, Internet users should evaluate several security indicators in their browser, such as the use of HTTPS (indicated via the lock icon), the domain name of the site, and information from extended validation certificates. However, studies have shown that human subjects infrequently employ these indicators, relying on other indicators that can be spoofed and convey no cryptographic assurances. We identify four simple security indicators that accurately represent security properties of the connection and then examine 125 popular websites to determine if the sites' designs result in correctly displayed security indicators during login. In the vast majority of cases, at least some security indicators are absent or suboptimal. This suggests users are becoming habituated to ignoring recommended security indicators.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||user education, security indicators, web browsers, HTTPS|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > DATA FORMAT (080400) > Data Encryption (080402)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000) > COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES (100500) > Computer Communications Networks (100503)
|Divisions:||Past > Schools > Computer Science|
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Institutes > Information Security Institute
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2010 the author(s) and CHISIG|
|Deposited On:||19 Nov 2010 11:42|
|Last Modified:||01 Mar 2012 00:26|
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