Secure Interaction Design

    Date05 Dec 2002
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Usability and security aren't contrary goals; don't assume that you must sacrifice one for the sake of the other. In fact, a system that's hard to understand and use will almost certainly have security problems in practice. And a more secure . . . Usability and security aren't contrary goals; don't assume that you must sacrifice one for the sake of the other. In fact, a system that's hard to understand and use will almost certainly have security problems in practice. And a more secure system is a more reliable, more effective system: hence, a more usable system. Here's a definition from Garfinkel and Spafford's book, Practical UNIX and Internet Security:
    "A computer is secure if you can depend on it and its software to behave as you expect."

    Doesn't that look like it would be good for usability, too?

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