Social Cybersecurity

2019

Our research into the human factors of cybersecurity focuses on people as social actors whose security behaviors are influenced by their relationships, communities and life situations.

We leverage insights from social psychology and other fields to develop games, everyday interventions such as browser plugins, and other tools for nudging adoption of cyber-secure practices, such as using multi-factor authentication, creating unique passwords and regularly updating software. This builds on our earlier work leveraging social proof (knowing what others are doing) to boost awareness, knowledge and motivation to adopt secure behaviors online. 

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