Preventative Actions for Enhancing Online Protection and Privacy

Preventative Actions for Enhancing Online Protection and Privacy

Steven Furnell (University of Plymouth, UK), Rossouw von Solms (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa) and Andy Phippen (University of Plymouth, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/jitsa.2011070101
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Abstract

Many citizens rely upon online services, and it is certain that this reliance will increase in the future. However, they frequently lack a solid appreciation of the related safety and security issues, and can be missing out on an essential aspect of awareness in everyday life. Indeed, users are often concerned about online threats, but it would be stretching the point to claim that they are fully aware of the problems. Thus, rather than actually protecting themselves, many will simply accept that they are taking a risk. This paper examines the problem of establishing end-user eSafety awareness, and proposes means by which related issues can be investigated and addressed. Recognising that long-term attitudes and practices will be shaped by early experiences with the technology, it is particularly important to address the issue early and improve awareness amongst young people. However, the problem is unlikely to be addressed via the approaches that would traditionally be applied with adult users. As such, the paper examines information gathering and awareness-raising strategies drawing from qualitative methodologies in the social sciences, whose pluralistic approach can be effectively applied within school contexts.
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Physical And Financial Security – An Analogy

Most people, even children, have developed some customs to protect and secure their personal finances. People realize that money is an asset that needs to be protected. They also realize that many threats are looming that might result in financial harm to an individual. Therefore, most individuals act and behave in a certain manner to ensure their financial assets are properly protected. This secure way of behaviour is taught to youngsters by their parents or guardians from a very young age. Even small children will show some discipline and behave in a relatively secure manner to protect their personal funds. It is fair to suggest that most people have got some form of financial security culture. This culture is definitely carried over from one generation to another and normally the same principles that apply at a personal level are also carried over to the workplace and/or social environments. Such a financial security culture also dictates the behaviour and actions of individuals.

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