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Green and Smith propose ten principles to make cryptography libraries more usable, but to what extent do the libraries implement these principles? We undertook a thematic analysis of over 2400 questions and responses from developers seeking help with 7 cryptography libraries on Stack Overflow; analyzing them to identify 16 underlying usability issues and studying see how prevalent they were across the 3 cryptography libraries for which we had the most questions for on Stack Overflow. Mapping our usability issues to Green and Smith’s usability principles we identify 4 usability smells where the principles are not being observed. We suggest what developers may struggle the most with in the cryptography libraries, and where significant usability gains may be had for developers working to make libraries more usable.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the Fifteenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 16 Aug 2019|
|Event||USENIX Security Symposium 2019 - Santa Clara, United States|
Duration: 11 Aug 2019 → 16 Aug 2019
Conference number: 28
|Conference||USENIX Security Symposium 2019|
|Abbreviated title||USENIX Security '19|
|Period||11/08/19 → 16/08/19|
- Cyber Security
- software engineering
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