Title

Usability of Internet Security Software: Have They Got it Right?

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Editor(s)

Pierangela Samarati, Sara Foresti, Jiankun Hu, and Giovanni Livraga

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Computer and Security Science / Security Research Centre (secAU)

RAS ID

12277

Comments

This article was originally published as: Szewczyk, P. S. (2011). Usability of Internet Security Software: Have They Got it Right?. Paper presented at the International Conference on Network and System Security. Milan, Italy. Original article available here

Abstract

Security software usability has been an ongoing issue for end-users. Whilst manufactures have focused on making computers and operating systems more usable, the same cannot be said for security software. Whilst the number of threats continues to escalate, end-users are left attempting to implement a security solution on their own. Previous research has shown that users are unaware of Internet threats and do not know where to start with mitigation. This paper demonstrates that in 2011, Internet Security Software is gradually becoming more usable, although there are key elements which still require improvements. This paper shows the strengths and weaknesses of current security software, and proposes a series of solutions that software vendors should consider in future releases.

DOI

10.1109/ICNSS.2011.6060026

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1109/ICNSS.2011.6060026