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Rick Wash
404 Wilson Rd #402
402 Communication Arts and Sciences
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

Cell: (734) 730-1188
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Incentive Design for Home Computer Security

by: Rick Wash


Home computer users frequently lack the skills necessary to ensure proper security. Hackers exploit this to control large networks of computers (‘botnets’) that are used for spam, extortion, and fraud. I integrate ideas from psychology and economics to design software that provides incentives that induce better security choices by home computer users.


Rick Wash. “Incentive Design for Home Computer Security.” Extended Abstract in Doctoral Colloquium, at ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing (CHI).May 2007.

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