A Multinational Survey on Users’ Practices, Perceptions, and Awareness Regarding Mobile Phone Security

  • Iosif I. Androulidakis
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Abstract

In this chapter, we will present some interesting findings from a large-scale empirical study. It was conducted in a sample of 7,172 students studying in 17 universities of ten European countries, in order to assess users’ levels of security feeling and awareness in regards to mobile phone communications. As this study revealed, there are categories of users who face increased security risks due to their self-reassuring feeling that mobile phones are per se secure. These users feel that mobile phone communication is secure and tend to be less cautious in their security practices. There was also a statistically backed correlation of an array of demographics and usage characteristics and practices to the overall security level of the user. As such, specific profiles of users were extracted according to their mobile phone objective and subjective security level.

Keywords

Empirical study Security survey User awareness Security awareness Security perceptions Mobile phone security Security practices User profiling Mobile downloading Ciphering indicator 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Iosif I. Androulidakis
    • 1
  1. 1.PapagouGreece

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