Viewpoint: Usable SecurityóHow To Get It


Butler Lampson


This is a Viewpoint column for the Communications of the ACM. Itís three pages long.

Citation: Comm. ACM 52, 11 (Nov. 2009), pp 25-27.

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Why does your computer annoy you so much about security, but still fail to be secure?

Itís because users donít have a model for security, or a simple way to keep important things safe.