Holding Your Hand on the Danger Button: Observing User Phish Detection Strategies Across Mobile and Desktop

Dixon, Matt, Nicholson, James, Branley-Bell, Dawn, Briggs, Pamela and Coventry, Lynne (2022) Holding Your Hand on the Danger Button: Observing User Phish Detection Strategies Across Mobile and Desktop. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 6 (MHCI). p. 195. ISSN 2573-0142

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Phishing emails continue to be a major cause of cybersecurity breaches despite the development of technical measures designed to thwart these attacks. Most phishing studies have investigated desktop email platforms, but the use of mobile devices for email exchanges has soared in recent years, especially amongst young adults. In this paper, we explore how the digital platform (desktop vs. mobile) influences users' phish detection strategies. Twenty-one young adults (18-25 years) were asked to rate the legitimacy of emails using a live inbox test while using a think-aloud protocol on both platforms. Our results suggest that a lack of knowledge about key defence information on the mobile platform results in weak phish detection. We discuss the implications of these findings and offer design recommendations to support effective phish detection by smartphone users.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: This work was supported by the Cyber-Security across the Life Span (cSaLSA) Project, an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council grant (EP/P011446/1). MobileHCI 2022: The ACM International Conference on Mobile Human-Computer Interaction; Vancouver, Canada; 28 Sep - 1 Oct 2022
Uncontrolled Keywords: phishing, smartphones, young users
Subjects: C800 Psychology
G500 Information Systems
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2022 08:09
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2022 13:30
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/49776

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