Usability

It’s well known that adoption rates for multi-factor authentication are poor. For example, “Over 90 percent of Gmail users still don’t use two-factor authentication.” Someone was mentioning to me that there are bonuses in games. You get access to special rooms in Star Wars Old Republic. There’s a special emote in Fortnite. (Above) How well…

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Today is John Harrison’s 352nd birthday, and Google has a doodle to celebrate. Harrison was rescued from historical obscurity by Dava Sobel’s excellent book Longitude, which documented Harrison’s struggle to first build and then demonstrate the superiority of his clocks to the mathematical and astronomical solutions heralded by leading scientists of the day. Their methods…

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  (The abstract:) Potentially dangerous cryptography errors are well documented in many applications. Conventional wisdom suggests that many of these errors are caused by cryptographic Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that are too complicated, have insecure defaults, or are poorly documented. To address this problem, researchers have created several cryptographic libraries that they claim are more…

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