Maximilian Golla

Postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy in Bochum, Germany

Hi there!

 

I'm a postdoctoral researcher interested in usable security and privacy. While I studied computer science, I later specialized in information security and developed an interest for usability and human factors in computer security.

During my PhD, I focused on exploring the usability and security of password-based user authentication. At the time, I was a scholar of the DFG (German Research Foundation) research training group UbiCrypt. I worked extensively with Blase Ur from SUPERgroup Logo SUPERgroup at the University of Chicago and Adam J. Aviv from GWUSEC Logo GWUSEC Lab at the George Washington University. I received my PhD in 2019 from RUB Logo Ruhr University Bochum, where I was advised by Prof. Dr. Markus Dürmuth.

Since October 2019, I'm a postdoc at the MPI-SP Logo Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy in Bochum, Germany. The research of our group at MPI-SP focuses on computer security, privacy, 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.

Me

Interests

User Authentication
Privacy Controls

  • User Authentication
    • Passwords (Strength, Recovery, Reuse, Management, ...)
    • Mobile Authentication (PINs, Patterns, Biometrics)
    • Smart Home & IoT (Access Control)
    • Alternative Schemes (Implicit Memory, Gamification)
    • Passwordless (FIDO2 & WebAuthn)
  • Privacy Controls
    • Voice Assistants (Private Mode & Accidential Triggers)
    • Social Networks (Targeting & Transparency)
    • Secure Communication (Messenger & Email Encryption)

Education

  • Doctorate (Dr.-Ing.) Summa cum laude (With highest honors)
  • Master of Science (M.Sc., Engineer) Very good
    • IT Security - Network & Systems
    • «Graphical Fallback Authentication»
    • Ruhr University Bochum
  • Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng., Engineer) Good
    • Computer Science - Communication in Distributed Systems
    • «Security Audit of a Web Interface for Building Automation»
    • University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt

Contact


Maximilian Golla
Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy
Ruhr University Bochum, ID 2/129
Universitaetsstr. 150, 44780 Bochum
maximilian.golla@rub.de
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Peer-Reviewed Publications

Below you can find a list of selected papers and posters.
Last update: August 2020
Citation Profiles:
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Community Service, Committees, and Reviewing Activities

Last update: October 2020

Talks

Below you can find some recordings of talks I gave at various conferences.




In the News

Below you can find a list of selected news articles.

Last update: August 2020

Projects & Software

Below you can find a list of cool projects I created or have been involved with.

May 2017
Authentication in Virtual Reality: Predictive Keyboard for Entering Passwords Authentication in Virtual Reality:
Predictive Keyboard for Entering Passwords
October 2015
Gathering User Information: PII-Based Password Guessing Gathering User Information:
PII-Based Password Guessing
July 2015
Learning Authentication Secrets: Knock Patterns Learning Authentication Secrets:
Knock Patterns
December 2014
Attacking Audio CAPTCHAs: Breaking Apple's iCloud Audio CAPTCHA Attacking Audio CAPTCHAs:
Breaking Apple's iCloud Audio CAPTCHA
July 2014
Graphical Fallback Authentication: Google Street View-Based Authentication Graphical Fallback Authentication:
Google Street View-Based Authentication