Title

Risk and Restitution: Assessing how users establish online trust

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Elsevier

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Computer and Information Science, Centre for Security Research

RAS ID

4109

Comments

Originally published as: Lacohée, H., Phippen, A. D., & Furnell, S. M. (2006). Risk and restitution: Assessing how users establish online trust. Computers & Security, 25(7), 486-493. Original available here

Abstract

The belief that users must be assured of security prior to engaging with an online service is challenged through the examination of attitudes from participants of a number of focus groups within the UK. What is apparent from our evidence is that rather than accepting simple assurances of protection, the average user is far more informed than service providers often credit, and will carry out a personal risk assessment prior to engaging with a service. Rather than guarantees of security, clearly defined indications of mitigation and restitution in the event of failure or problems are what users consider important. These findings have far reaching implications for service providers and a number of consequent recommendations are defined.

DOI

10.1016/j.cose.2006.09.001

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1016/j.cose.2006.09.001