Do Graphical Cues Effectively Inform Users?

A Socio-Technical Security Study in Accessing Wifi Networks
  • Ana Ferreira
  • Jean-Louis HuynenEmail author
  • Vincent Koenig
  • Gabriele Lenzini
  • Salvador Rivas
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9190)


We study whether the padlock and the signal strength bars, two visual cues shown in network managers, convey their intended messages. Since users often choose insecure networks when they should not, finding the answer is not obvious; in our study we clarify whether the problem lies in uninformative and ambiguous cues or in the user who, despite understanding the cues, chooses otherwise. This paper describes experiments and comments the results that bring evidence to our study.


Signal Strength Secure Communication Network Selection Good Connectivity Intended Message 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Ferreira
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jean-Louis Huynen
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Vincent Koenig
    • 1
    • 2
  • Gabriele Lenzini
    • 2
  • Salvador Rivas
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Cognitive Science and AssessmentUniversity of LuxembourgLuxembourgLuxembourg
  2. 2.Interdisciplinary Centre for Security Reliability and TrustUniversity of LuxembourgLuxembourgLuxembourg

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