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Cryptocat: Adopting Accessibility and Ease of Use as Security Properties

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Executive Summary

Cryptocat is a Free and Open Source Software (FL/OSS) browser extension that makes use of web technologies in order to provide easy to use, accessible, encrypted instant messaging to the general public. The authors aim to investigate how to best leverage the accessibility and portability offered by web technologies in order to allow encrypted instant messaging an opportunity to better permeate on a social level. They have found that encrypted communications, while in many cases technically well-implemented, suffer from a lack of usage due to their being unappealing and inaccessible to the \"Average end-user\". Their position is that accessibility and ease of use must be treated as security properties.

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