Impact of Security Awareness on Smartphone Security


Smartphones are among the most ubiquitous and indispensable of today’s ICTs, with personal devices being used to support both business and personal life, and store and convey the most sensitive and valuable of information. Their protection is therefore important and highly dependent on what people do. Yet many do little to protect their devices. Why this is so, is not clear. Therefore this study seeks to investigate what motivates people to protect their devices. Using Protection Motivation Theory (PMT), this paper introduces a model of the impacts of threat and coping appraisal on smartphone security, and of threat and countermeasure awareness in informing these appraisals. The findings of the model tests are reported, and implications for practice and further research presented.

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