Anti-malware products are typically evaluated using structured, automated tests to allow for comparison with other products and for measuring improved efficiency against specific attacks. We propose that anti-malware testing would benefit from field studies assessing effectiveness in more ecologically valid settings. This paper presents our methodology for conducting a 4-month field study with 50 participants, including discussion of deployment and data collection, encouraging retention of participants, ethical concerns, and our experience to date.

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Keywords anti-malware testing, field study, user study
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Lalonde Lévesque, F. (Fanny), Davis, C.R. (Carlton R.), Fernandez, J.M. (José M.), Chiasson, S, & Somayaji, A. (2012). Methodology for a field study of anti-malware software. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-34638-5_7