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Usability Meets Security The Identity-Manager as Your Personal Security Assistant for the Internet

Usability Meets Security The Identity-Manager as Your Personal Security Assistant for the Internet,10.1109/ACSAC.2000.898889,Uwe Jendricke,Daniela Ger

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In today's applications, most users disregard the secu- rity functionality. They do not have the knowledge and/or the motivation to configure or to use the existing security functions correctly. In this paper, we present a new con- cept to improve the usability of security mechanisms, intro- ducing an extended classification of protection goals. As a result, the everyday use of security functionality can be re- duced to selecting the user's identity, which is the basis of the Identity-Manager, a new security tool presented in this paper. It offers a user interface for security functionality compatible to all internet applications. So even the inex- perienced users are able to configure and negotiate their security needs in a convenient way. computers wanting to manage their security they want security in place to protect them " (12). Thus, security configuration work should preferably be avoided during the user's everyday activities. This can be realized by a mostly all-inclusive configuration once during the installation of the system. This has the advantage that the users are only concerned once with the unpopular security configuration. To prevent the user from opening security leaks, a strictly guided and user-friendly installation procedure is necessary. The users have to be informed in a comprehensible way of the risks they are automatically protected against. Perhaps the assistance of experts can be helpful for this one-time configuration. Generally, the aim of our concept is to bother the user as little as possible with security matters. In section 2, the usability of today's security user in- terfaces is examined and deficiencies are highlighted. In section 3, we present the new concept for security config- uration, which allows a simplified everyday configuration for the user. The Identity-Manager is the application that is based on these results. It is presented in section 4. In section 5, an outlook on our further research is given.
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