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Usable Security

My research group studies human-centric challenges with security and privacy technology. My interdisciplinary research agenda focusses on disruptive technology and different populations of users ranging from knowledgeable experts like administrators and developers to non-tech savvy end users. I am committed to providing a positive and friendly work environment where my employees can safely unleash their passion for science and make use of their full potential and creativity. Our most recent works focus on expert and end user interactions with cryptographic protocols and tools like HTTPS, Bitcoin, Etherium and secure messaging. Our current works also focus on user-centric and societal aspects of security in the Internet of (everyday) Things. Besides conducting user studies, we are also working on user-centric design approaches to solve well-studied security problems and to construct user-friendly security and privacy technology.

Head of Group

Katharina Krombholz



Stuhlsatzenhaus 5
66123 Saarbrücken (Germany)

Most Recent Publications

Year 2021

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ESORICS 2021: Computer SecurityThe 3rd Workshop on Security, Privacy, Organizations, and Systems Engineering

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Proceedings of the 30th Usenix Security SymposiumUsenix Security 2021

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Seventeenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS 2021)Seventeenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security

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ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing SystemsCHI 2021