Maximilian Golla

Embedded Security


Usable Security and Privacy

  • User Au­then­ti­ca­ti­on
  • Smart Home and IoT
  • Privacy Controls


Since October 2019, I have been a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy in Bochum, Germany. More info can be found on my personal website.

The research of our group at MPI-SP focuses on computer securityprivacy, and human-computer interaction (HCI). We are especially working on methods to help users make better security and privacy decisions, as well as, to make complex computer systems more usable for non-technical users.

My dissertation focused on exploring the usability and security of password-based user authentication. I received my PhD in 2019 from Ruhr University Bochum, where I was advised by Markus Dürmuth.
  • 10/2019 - 09/2021 Max Planck In­sti­tu­te for Se­cu­ri­ty and Pri­va­cy (MPI): Postdoc Usable Security and Privacy
  • 09/2014 - 09/2019 Ruhr Uni­ver­si­ty Bo­chum (RUB): PhD Mo­bi­le Se­cu­ri­ty Group
  • 04/2012 - 07/2014 Ruhr Uni­ver­si­ty Bo­chum (RUB): M.​Sc. IT Se­cu­ri­ty Net­works & Sys­tems
  • 10/2008 - 03/2012 Uni­ver­si­ty of Ap­p­lied Sci­en­ces Würz­burg-Schwein­furt (FHWS): B.​Eng. Com­pu­ter Sci­ence
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