Usage: Francis, Hesham,
Jason, Jimmy, John
Recently there has been a dramatic increase in the number
of web sites that require password-based logins. This
leads to both usability and secutiry problems on websites.
Such websites range ones that house highly sensitive information
(e.g., financial information) to relatively insensitive
(e.g., news services). Their frequency of use varies as
well. All of these factors contribute to a password management
problem. Users devise mechanisms to make it easy to remember
passwords (e.g., base the password on personal information,
reuse etc.). These mechanisms are often at odds with good
security guidelines. We conducted a survey of 125 people
to explore this issue. Results support the broad hypothesis
that people deviate from secure password practices. However,
they deviated in many ways, with few discernable trends
among the various demographic groups.
Engines: Anoop, Kim, Jennie,
The goal of this survey was to determine: the most popular
search engines; the characteristics of the people who
use those search engines; and their priorities regarding
search engine features. We conducted a web based survey
to explore these issues. We specifically targeted information
technology savvy individuals in distributing the survey.
The survey included: demographic questions, questions
about importance of different features, using Likert Scale
0-10, and identification of preferred search engines.
Our results showed: there were a small number of primary
search engines, people tend to type out the URL for that
search engine, and most of the participants across subgroups
had similar priorities in terms of features that they
Jennifer, Kirsten, Sacha, Yisong
This study was designed to explore the website features
that are important to users of SmartFurniture.com. We
administered web-based survey to SmartFurniture customers
and site visitors. The results of the survey indicated
that users of SmartFurniture are mostly between the ages
25 and 44, have various levels of online shopping experience,
and are shopping for furniture for both home and office
settings. In general respondents were satisfied with SmartFurniture.
They indicated that they valued good customer service,
timely order completion and site security measures. They
also indicated, however, that the site could be improved
by adding an index to assist new and infrequent visitors
in navigation. In the display of the product information,
the majority of the users indicated that they preferred
to see picture, description and price first.