Alana Libonati

I'm a PhD candidate in the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I'm also a freelance software developer currently working with ProductionPro.

My main interests are in security and usability, particularly with respect to user authentication. I am currently working on my dissertation under the advisement of Dr. Michael K. Reiter.

Alana Libonati, Kelly Caine, Apu Kapadia, and Michael K. Reiter. Defending against device theft with human notarization. In Proceedings of the 10th IEEE International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Network, Applications and Worksharing, 2014. (Invited paper)

Alana Libonati, Apu Kapadia, and Michael K. Reiter. Social Security: Combating Device Theft With Community-Based Video Notarization. Technical report, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Computer Science, 2013.

Alana Libonati, Jonathan M. McCune, and Michael K. Reiter. Usability testing a malware-resistant input mechanism. In Proceedings of the 18th ISOC Network and Distributed System Security Symposium, 2011.

Yair Sovran, Alana Libonati, and Jinyang Li. Pass it on: Social Networks Stymie Censors. In Proceedings of the 7th International Workshop on Peer-to-Peer Systems, 2008.

Cupcakes? Yes, cupcakes. I also own a baking business here in Carrboro. (We do make other things besides cupcakes, too.)

Email: alana (at)