Investigating an Appropriate Design for Personal Firewalls

Fahimeh Raja ; Kirstie Hawkey ; Konstantin Beznosov ; Kellogg S. Booth

04 February 2010

Abstract: Personal firewalls are an important aspect of security for home computer users, but little attention has been given to their usability. We conducted semi-structured interviews to understand participants’ knowledge, requirements, expectations, and misconceptions for personal firewalls. Analysis of 10 interviews shows that different design decisions (i.e., level of automation, multiple profile settings) are appropriate for users with different levels of security knowledge and experience.

Keyword(s): Personal firewall ; usable security

Published in: Fahimeh Raja, Kirstie Hawkey, Konstantin Beznosov, and Kellogg S. Booth. Investigating an Appropriate Design for Personal Firewalls. In Proceedings of the 28th international Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Atlanta, GA, USA, April 10 - 15, 2010). ACM, New York, NY, 6 pages.:

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