Research on the behavioral-based security of information systems within organizations and for personal use has been common over the last decade, however little is known regarding how individuals perceive the security of their mobile devices. This study seeks to explore how the security notifications within a mobile application environment alter adoption and security-related beliefs concerning their device. We proposed a theoretical model based on the technology adoption and psychological theories, and conducted a set of controlled experiments with 351 subjects in six US universities. A structural equation modeling technique was utilized to examine the overall research model. The data analysis results demonstrate that the majority of our proposed hypotheses were significant. We find that disruptive mobile security notifications cause user irritation, which negatively impacts user perception about mobile security. Mobile device user interface also has compounding effects on users’ perceived usefulness and security with mobile devices.



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