Dr. Verena Distler

Professur für Usable Security und Privacy
Building Carl-Wery-Str. 20, Room 2728
+49 89 6004 7373

Dr. Verena Distler

Dr. Verena Distler is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Usable Security and Privacy Group at the Bundeswehr University Munich, Germany. She obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology (focus on Human-Computer Interaction) in 2021 from the University of Luxembourg, which was awarded the university’s Excellent PhD Thesis Award. Prior to her Ph.D., she completed her Master’s Degree at ENS de Lyon (France).
Dr. Distler’s research interests are situated in usable (or user-centered) privacy and security. She studies how technology’s design can influence perceptions of security and privacy risks. She is also interested in how we might facilitate better communication between security experts and non-experts. Currently, she investigates how we might improve resilience to social engineering attacks, focusing on phishing, and uses the generated insights to provide actionable design recommendations for more secure and user-friendly technologies.



Verena Distler. The Experience of Security in Human-Computer Interactions: Understanding Security Perceptions Through the Concept of User Experience. PHD Thesis, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg, 2021. [Download Bibtex]  



distler2023chi.jpg Verena Distler. The Influence of Context on Response to Spear-Phishing Attacks: An In-Situ Deception Study. In Proceedings of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHI '23. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA. [Download Bibtex]  
Anastasia Sergeeva, Björn Rohles, Verena Distler and Vincent Koenig. “We Need a Big Revolution in Email Advertising”: Users’ Perception of Persuasion in Permission-Based Advertising Emails. In Proceedings of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHI '23. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA. [Download Bibtex]  


bongard2022necessary.JPG Kerstin Bongard-Blanchy, Jean-Louis Sterckx, Arianna Rossi, Verena Distler, Salvador Rivas and Vincent Koenig. An (Un) Necessary Evil-Users'(Un) Certainty about Smartphone App Permissions and Implications for Privacy Engineering. In 2022 IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops (EuroS&PW). [Download Bibtex]  
rohles2022we.JPG Björn Rohles, Sophie Doublet, Kerstin Bongard, Verena Distler, Vincent Fourrier, Anastasia Sergeeva and Vincent Koenig. " Do we need an entire course about it?": Evaluating two years of teaching HCI in computer science. [Download Bibtex]  
distler2022complex.JPG Verena Distler, Tamara Gutfleisch, Carine Lallemand, Gabriele Lenzini and Vincent Koenig. Complex, but in a good way? How to represent encryption to non-experts through text and visuals–Evidence from expert co-creation and a vignette experiment. In Computers in Human Behavior Reports, 5, 2022, 100161. [Download Bibtex]  


distler2021systematic.JPG Verena Distler, Matthias Fassl, Hana Habib, Katharina Krombholz, Gabriele Lenzini, Carine Lallemand, Lorrie Faith Cranor and Vincent Koenig. A Systematic Literature Review of Empirical Methods and Risk Representation in Usable Privacy and Security Research. In ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI), 28, 2021, 1–50. [Download Bibtex]  
Marie-Laure Zollinger, Verena Distler, Peter B Roenne, Peter YA Ryan, Carine Lallemand and Vincent Koenig. User Experience Design for E-Voting: How mental models align with security mechanisms. [Download Bibtex]  


distler2020framework.JPG Verena Distler, Gabriele Lenzini, Carine Lallemand and Vincent Koenig. The Framework of Security-Enhancing Friction: How UX Can Help Users Behave More Securely. In New Security Paradigms Workshop (NSPW). [Download Bibtex]  
distler2020acceptable.JPG Verena Distler, Carine Lallemand and Vincent Koenig. How acceptable is this? How user experience factors can broaden our understanding of the acceptance of privacy trade-offs. In Computers in Human Behavior, 106, 2020, 106227. [Download Bibtex]  
distler2020making.JPG Verena Distler, Carine Lallemand and Vincent Koenig. Making Encryption Feel Secure: Investigating how Descriptions of Encryption Impact Perceived Security. [Download Bibtex]  


distler2019security.JPG Verena Distler, Marie-Laure Zollinger, Carine Lallemand, Peter Roenne, Peter Ryan and Vincent Koenig. Security–Visible, Yet Unseen? How Displaying Security Mechanisms Impacts User Experience and Perceived Security. In Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI2019). [Download Bibtex]  


distler2018acceptability.JPG Verena Distler, Carine Lallemand and Thierry Bellet. Acceptability and Acceptance of Autonomous Mobility on Demand: the Impact of an Immersive Experience. In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. [Download Bibtex]