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Distinguished Alumni Seminar Series

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Dr. Adrienne Porter Felt , Google

3:30 PM, Rice Hall, Rm. 130
Reception follows in Rice 4th floor Atrium

HOSTS: Dave Evans

Making Security Usable (For A Billion Users)


How do you know if a website is "safe"? The security community puts enormous effort into detecting malware, stopping the next Heartbleed, and sandboxing bad content. Google Chrome's usable security team sits at the front end of this work: we build the UI that tells end users what's going on with their privacy and security. What you see as a single icon might be the end product of months of work by engineers, designers, security experts, and user researchers. I'll explain some of the engineering and design challenges that we face, and give insight into the day-by-day work done by a security team that serves more than a billion browser users.

Bio: Adrienne Porter Felt ( leads Google Chrome's usable security team, whose goal is to help people make safe decisions while using Chrome. Along with her team, Dr. Felt is responsible for building and improving the security warnings, indicators, and settings that you see in Chrome today. Previously, Dr. Felt was a research scientist on Google's security research team, where she examined how browser users react to security warnings. She received a PhD in computer science from UC Berkeley, and a BS from the University of Virginia in 2008.