Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?

What Notes Users Do When Faced With A Security Decision

Abstract

Designers are often faced with difficult tradeoffs between easing the user’s burden by making security decisions for them and offering features that ensure that users can make the security decisions that are right for them and their environment. Users often do not understand enough about the impact of a security decision to make an informed choice. We report on the experience in a 500- person organization on the security of each user’s Lotus Notes client against unsigned active content. We found that the default configuration of the majority of users did not allow unsigned active content to run. However, we found that when presented with a choice during their work flow, many of those otherwise secured users would allow unsigned active content to run. We discuss the features that are in Lotus Notes that provide security for active content and that respond to the usability issues from this study.

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