Re: [TLS] HTTPS client-certificate-authentication in browsers

Peter Gutmann <pgut001@cs.auckland.ac.nz> Wed, 27 July 2011 05:34 UTC

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Matt McCutchen <matt@mattmccutchen.net>; writes:

>Your reference to people with PhDs in computer science is misleading: a PhD
>is a highly specialized degree that does not necessarily imply broad computing
>ability.

"OK, so you have a PhD. Just don't touch anything" :-).  That was just the
first study, and I mentioned the PhD thing to avoid the "it was carried out on
students, they're not representative" criticism.  Other studies were carried
out on IT students (which I'd say is actually a good sample of very tech-savvy
users, so they'd be non-representative in being too good a fit rather than too
bad a fit), and possibly on random samples of people (I'd have to trawl
through the refs again to see who all the subjects were).  From memory I don't
think any were done on the Joe-Sixpack demographic, probably because the
outcome would be a foregone conclusion ("Failure to enrol: 100%").

Peter.