Framing Effects on Online Security Behavior

Rodríguez-Priego, Nuria, van Bavel, René, Vila, José and Briggs, Pamela (2020) Framing Effects on Online Security Behavior. Frontiers in Psychology, 11. p. 527886. ISSN 1664-1078

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We conducted an incentivized lab experiment examining the effect of gain vs. loss-framed warning messages on online security behavior. We measured the probability of suffering a cyberattack during the experiment as the result of five specific security behaviors: choosing a safe connection, providing minimum information during the sign-up process, choosing a strong password, choosing a trusted vendor, and logging-out. A loss-framed message led to more secure behavior during the experiment. The experiment also measured the effect of trusting beliefs and cybersecurity knowledge. Trusting beliefs had a negative effect on security behavior, while cybersecurity knowledge had a positive effect. [Abstract copyright: Copyright © 2020 Rodríguez-Priego, van Bavel, Vila and Briggs.]

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cyber security, gain vs. loss frame, prospect theory, lab experiment, online behavior, nudge, threat assessment
Subjects: C800 Psychology
G500 Information Systems
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2020 13:33
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 14:07

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