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Second International Conference on Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance (HAISA 2008)

Second International Conference on Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance (HAISA 2008)
Plymouth, UK, July 8-9, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-84102-189-8

Title: Security and privacy awareness of home PC users in Norway
Author(s): Freddy Andreassen, Einar Snekkenes
Reference: pp56-68
Keywords: Privacy, security, awareness, survey, firewalls, pop-up blocker, anti virus
Abstract: There is a growth in the use of consumer oriented internet based services such as internet banking. Some countries (e.g. Norway) have introduced citizen portals (e.g. MyPage – minside.no). These portals will give access to privacy sensitive data (e.g. health data). A recent survey of home pc security suggests that 90% of US home PCs are infected by some kind of malware. These infections are putting PC content at risk, may enable attackers to carry out internet banking fraud and may contribute to spam and botnet based attacks. Currently, most home PCs are shipped without active security features. This requires home pc users to enable, configure or install appropriate security measures themselves. User awareness of security issues is an important factor that can contribute towards better protection of home PCs. Indirectly, this can also reduce global and corporate security problems by making it more difficult to mount DDOS attacks and distribute SPAM. This paper reports on some of the results found in an investigation of home PC user security awareness. The results are obtained from a survey including 784 respondents in Norway. Our study suggests that there is a strong correlation between security awareness and the implementation of security measures.
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