Science: Why PGP sucks

Wissenschaftler haben untersucht, warum PGP und Verschlüsselung bis heute für Endanwender praktisch unbenutzbar ist: Why Johnny Still, Still Can’t Encrypt: Evaluating the Usability of a Modern PGP Client (PDF, via Boing Boing).

Mailvelope clearly failed to help the majority of participants encrypt their email. All participants expressed frustration with Mailvelope, with the most comical expression of this frustration coming from M3A: “Imagine the stupidest software you would ever use, and that was what I was doing.”
The difficulty also led several participants to indicate that in the real world they would have given up trying to use Mailvelope
long before they did during the study. For example, M3A also said, “After five minutes, I would have just given up and called.”

Als ich mir übrigens vor ein paar Wochen einen neuen Rechner gekauft habe, schaute ich ungefähr 2 Sekunden lang auf Max' PGP-Tutorial für N00bs – und hab's aufgegeben. Wer mir derzeit verschlüsselte Mails schickt, bekommt die Antwort: „Bitte nochmal unverschlüsselt.“ PGP sucks. Fix it, pls.