Maximilian Häring

I have been a behavioral security scientist since 2018, first under Emanuel Zezschwitz and then with Matthew Smith since 2019. Before that, I did my master in computer science and studied a little bit of philosophy.

My current research focus* is on learning about trust in the context of IT and how to transfer trust relations from the physical domain to the digital. I hope to enable an intuitive living with security related decisions.

If you are interested in collaboration or just want to chat, feel free to contact me.

*For more have a look at the centre for digital trust.

+49 228 73 60533
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  • Tiefenau, Christian ; Häring, Maximilian ; Krombholz, Katharina ; von Zezschwitz, Emanuel: Security, Availability, and Multiple Information Sources: Exploring Update Behavior of System Administrators.. In: Lipford, H. R. ; Chiasson, S. (eds.): SOUPS @ USENIX Security Symposium : USENIX Association, 2020, pp. 239–258


  • Tiefenau, Christian ; Häring, Maximilian ; Gerlitz, Eva ; von Zezschwitz, Emanuel: Making Privacy Graspable: Can we Nudge Users to use Privacy Enhancing Techniques?. In: CoRR vol. abs/1911.07701 (2019)
  • Tiefenau, Christian ; Häring, Maximilian ; Khamis, Mohamed ; von Zezschwitz, Emanuel: "Please enter your PIN" - On the Risk of Bypass Attacks on Biometric Authentication on Mobile Devices.. In: CoRR vol. abs/1911.07692 (2019)
  • Tiefenau, Christian ; von Zezschwitz, Emanuel ; Häring, Maximilian ; Krombholz, Katharina ; Smith, Matthew: A Usability Evaluation of Let’s Encrypt and Certbot: Usable Security Done Right.. In: Cavallaro, L. ; Kinder, J. ; Wang, X. ; Katz, J. (eds.): ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security : ACM, 2019 — ISBN 978-1-4503-6747-9, pp. 1971–1988


  • Häring, Maximilian ; Reinhardt, Delphine ; Omlor, Yvonne: Pick Me Up and I Will Tell You Who You Are: Analyzing Pick-Up Motions to Authenticate Users.. In: PerCom Workshops : IEEE Computer Society, 2018 — ISBN 978-1-5386-3227-7, pp. 472–475