Attitudes to IT-Security When Using a Smartphone

Benenson Z, Hintz N, Kroll-Peters O, Krupp M (2012)

Publication Type: Conference contribution

Publication year: 2012

Edited Volumes: 2012 Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, FedCSIS 2012

Pages Range: Poster

Conference Proceedings Title: SOUPS

Event location: Washington



While mobile devices are becoming more and more powerful, the number of potential security threats is increasing. Although the important role of users in the realization of IT security measures is widely acknowledged and documented, research in the area of mobile security mostly concentrates on technical means. In this work we take the first step in examining the role of the users in the IT security of mobile devices. We present mental models of security that are based on the results of interviews with 24 users. Mental models are the representation of reality in people's mind and can be inaccurate or faulty. Mental models are very helpful for behavior prediction. Thus, mental models of security form the basis of users' efforts to protect their devices. © 2012 Polish Info Processing Socit.

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Benenson, Z., Hintz, N., Kroll-Peters, O., & Krupp, M. (2012). Attitudes to IT-Security When Using a Smartphone. In SOUPS (pp. Poster). Washington.


Benenson, Zinaida, et al. "Attitudes to IT-Security When Using a Smartphone." Proceedings of the Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security 2012, Washington 2012. Poster.

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