The research findings generated at ATHENE contribute to helping people in various ways, from using their daily Internet and smart-phone applications to the protection of their fundamental rights.

Encryption for everyone

Fraunhofer SIT has worked in cooperation with Deutsche Telekom to promote the topic of end-to-end user encryption through the program titled Volks­ver­schlüs­se­lung.
This program consists of user-friendly software developed by Fraunhofer SIT and the corresponding infrastructure, which is operated by Deutsche Telekom in a high-security data center. The program allows Windows users to make their computers encryption-enabled with just a few clicks. On-site registration is available free of charge. A list of times and locations for completing the on-site registration can be found at

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Security, Usability and Society

The SECUSO (Security, Usability, Society) research group at TU Darmstadt develops user-friendly mechanisms that protect the security and privacy of users. One of the focus areas for research is security and privacy on the Internet, such as in e-mail communication or on mobile phones, especially with respect to permissions and information flows. SECUSO also investigates electronic election procedures and authentication on the web, such as for visual passwords. The apps and software that have been developed in this context are available to the public for download.

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