Security beliefs and barriers for novice internet users

End-users are now recognized as being at increased risk in online scenarios, with a range of threats that seek to specifically target them and exploit their systems. Novice users are particularly likely to face difficulties in this context, as their unfamiliarity with...

Making security usable: Are things improving?

Given the increased focus on the need for usable security, it is now to be hoped that the issue will receive greater attention in new software releases. Unfortunately, however, there is still evidence to suggest that usable security receives insufficient consideration...

Assessing the security perceptions of personal internet users

Personal Internet users are increasingly finding themselves exposed to security threats during their use of home PC systems. However, concern can be raised about users’ awareness of these problems, and the extent to which they are consequently protected and equipped...

Phishing: Can we spot the signs?

Dr Steven Furnell at Plymouth University has conducted research, which looks at why some computer users still can’t tell the difference between an official email and a phishing scam. Steven Furnell looks at the increasing sophistication of phishing emails and...