Title

Security beliefs and barriers for novice Internet users

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Elsevier

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Computer and Security Science

RAS ID

9810

Comments

This article was originally published as

Furnell, S., Tsaganidi, V., & Phippen, A. (2008). Security beliefs and barriers for novice Internet users. Computers & Security, 27(7), 235-240.

Original article available here

Abstract

End-users are now recognized as being at increased risk in online scenarios, with a range of threats that seek to specifically target them and exploit their systems. Novice users are particularly likely to face difficulties in this context, as their unfamiliarity with the technology can limit their ability to recognize the threats and understand the required protection. This paper presents the results from a qualitative study, arising from detailed interviews conducted with 20 novice users in order to assess their views and experiences with Internet security. The findings reveal a general awareness of the existence of threats, but less familiarity with the appropriate safeguards beyond a very basic level. Although users generally recognize that they have a responsibility for their own protection, they often appear unconcerned about the potential impacts of the problems. In other cases, they felt unable to address their concerns as a result of their lack of technical knowledge or obstacles posed by security tools.

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1016/j.cose.2008.01.001