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FoxIT: Enhancing Mobile Users' Privacy Behavior by Increasing Knowledge and Awareness [to appear]

Gerber, Nina and Gerber, Paul and Drews, Hannah and Kirchner, Elisa and Schlegel, Noah and Schmidt, Tim and Scholz, Lena (2017):
FoxIT: Enhancing Mobile Users' Privacy Behavior by Increasing Knowledge and Awareness [to appear].
In: Workshop on Socio-Technical Aspects in Security and Trust, ACM, Orlando, Florida, ISBN 978-1-4503-6357-0/17/12,
DOI: 10.1145/3167996.3167999,
[Conference or Workshop Item]

Abstract

Albeit offering many benefits, smartphones can pose a severe privacy threat to users. While some users might simply be not aware of privacy issues, others are highly motivated to protect their data, but lack the ability and knowledge to do so. We developed an Android-based application called &quot;FoxIT&quot;, which provides users with several education modules as well as a static smartphone and app&nbsp; permission analysis to increase both, privacy awareness and knowledge of mobile users. We conducted a first evaluation of FoxIT in a twoweek field study with 31 users and were able to show that use of FoxIT not only leads to increased privacy awareness, but also improves knowledge about privacy related topics. Participants also<br />reported to have improved the privacy conditions on their smartphone, actively informed themselves about privacy related topics, and prompted others to protect their data after using FoxIT. Our results indicate that it might be a promising approach to improve mobile users’ privacy behavior by raising awareness and providing background information about privacy related topics.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2017
Creators: Gerber, Nina and Gerber, Paul and Drews, Hannah and Kirchner, Elisa and Schlegel, Noah and Schmidt, Tim and Scholz, Lena
Title: FoxIT: Enhancing Mobile Users' Privacy Behavior by Increasing Knowledge and Awareness [to appear]
Language: English
Abstract:

Albeit offering many benefits, smartphones can pose a severe privacy threat to users. While some users might simply be not aware of privacy issues, others are highly motivated to protect their data, but lack the ability and knowledge to do so. We developed an Android-based application called &quot;FoxIT&quot;, which provides users with several education modules as well as a static smartphone and app&nbsp; permission analysis to increase both, privacy awareness and knowledge of mobile users. We conducted a first evaluation of FoxIT in a twoweek field study with 31 users and were able to show that use of FoxIT not only leads to increased privacy awareness, but also improves knowledge about privacy related topics. Participants also<br />reported to have improved the privacy conditions on their smartphone, actively informed themselves about privacy related topics, and prompted others to protect their data after using FoxIT. Our results indicate that it might be a promising approach to improve mobile users’ privacy behavior by raising awareness and providing background information about privacy related topics.

Title of Book: Workshop on Socio-Technical Aspects in Security and Trust
Publisher: ACM
ISBN: 978-1-4503-6357-0/17/12
Uncontrolled Keywords: Security, Usability and Society;Mobile privacy, App permissions, Privacy awareness, Privacy Education, Privacy enhancing technologies (PETs)
Divisions: 20 Department of Computer Science
20 Department of Computer Science > SECUSO - Security, Usability and Society
Event Location: Orlando, Florida
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2017 18:41
DOI: 10.1145/3167996.3167999
Identification Number: TUD-CS-2017-0318
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