The Security and Privacy Experiences (SPEX) research group focuses on people as risk navigators within a web of social relationships, systems, and computation-in-the-loop.

To improve understanding of people's lived experiences and empower users to keep themselves and their loved ones safe, we draw on methods from human-computer interaction, design, data science + applied statistics, and social psychology.

Find us on the 3rd floor of Woodward Hall in the Department of Software and Information Systems, College of Computing and Informatics, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. We also are on Facebook, Mastodon and Twitter.

Research Thrusts + Current Projects

Empirical Research

  • Cross-domain transfer of protective attitudes and behaviors
  • Security + privacy concerns for vulnerable users of social media
  • Categorizing "dangerous" vs. hateful memes at scale
  • Password manager adoption

Everyday Interventions

  • Cybersecurity Buddy program
  • Security/Privacy "Fitness" Tracker

Adoption Strategies

Research Papers

  • Sauvik Das, Cori Faklaris, Jason I. Hong, and Laura A. Dabbish. 2022. The Security & Privacy Acceptance Framework (SPAF). Foundations and TrendsĀ® in Privacy and Security (December 2022): Vol. 5: No. 1-2, pp 1-143. http://dx.doi.org/10.1561/3300000026. Available at: https://corifaklaris.com/files/spaf_preprint.pdf
  • Serena Wang, Cori Faklaris, Junchao Lin, Jason I. Hong, and Laura Dabbish. 2022. "It's Problematic but I'm not Concerned": University Perspectives on Account Sharing. In Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact. 6, CSCW1, Article 68 (April 2022), 27 pages. ACM, New York, NY, USA. Available at: https://corifaklaris.com/files/campus_sharing.pdf
  • Cori Faklaris, Laura Dabbish, and Jason I. Hong. 2022. Do They Accept or Resist Cybersecurity Measures? Development and Validation of the 13-Item Security Attitude Inventory (SA-13). arxiv preprint and white paper, 55 pages. Carnegie Mellon University. Available at: https://socialcybersecurity.org/files/SA13paper.pdf
  • Cori Faklaris, Laura Dabbish, and Jason I. Hong. 2022. Experimental Evidence for Using a TTM Stages of Change Model in Boosting Progress Toward 2FA Adoption. arxiv preprint and white paper, 41 pages. Carnegie Mellon University. Available at: https://arxiv.org/abs/2205.06937
  • Yunpeng Song, Cori Faklaris, Zhongmin Cai, Jason I. Hong, and Laura Dabbish. 2019. Normal and Easy: Account Sharing Practices in the Workplace. In Proceedings of the ACM: Human-Computer Interaction, Vol. 3, Issue CSCW, November 2019. ACM, New York, NY, USA. Available at: https://socialcybersecurity.org/files/CSCW2019_NormalAndEasy.pdf
  • Cori Faklaris, Laura Dabbish and Jason I. Hong. 2019. A Self-Report Measure of End-User Security Attitudes (SA-6). In Proceedings of the Fifteenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS 2019). USENIX Association, Berkeley, CA, USA. Available at: https://www.usenix.org/system/files/soups2019-faklaris.pdf
  • Cheul Young Park, Cori Faklaris, Siyan Zhao, Alex Sciuto, Laura Dabbish and Jason I. Hong. 2018. Share and Share Alike? An Exploration of Secure Behaviors in Romantic Relationships. In Proceedings of the Fourteenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS 2018). USENIX Association, Berkeley, CA, USA. Available at: https://www.usenix.org/system/files/conference/soups2018/soups2018-park.pdf
  • Cori Faklaris. 2018. Social Cybersecurity and the Help Desk: New Ideas for IT Professionals to Foster Secure Workgroup Behaviors. Workshop paper in the Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Security Information Workers (WSIW 2018), Aug. 12, 2018,in Baltimore, MD, USA. USENIX Association, Berkeley, CA, USA. DOI: https://doi. org/10.13140/RG.2.2.35580.23686

Research Posters

  • Cori Faklaris, Laura Dabbish and Jason Hong. 2018. Adapting the Transtheoretical Model for the Design of Security Interventions. Poster and abstract for the Fourteenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security Adjunct (SOUPS 2018), Aug. 12-14, 2018,in Baltimore, MD, USA. USENIX Association, Berkeley, CA, USA. DOI: https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.15447.57760