Relationship between the Behavior of Kenyan Smartphone Users and Awareness of Information Security Practices

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ABSTRACT
People are becoming increasingly dependable on their phones to accomplish day to day activities, such as getting information and money transfer. Yet, smartphones hold a lot of personal information that can cause tremendouseffect on user privacy and security, if exposed. Consequently, there is a need to understand users’ awareness and behaviorwhen using their mobile phones.
Unfortunately, most smartphone users inKenya lack a proper mobile awareness model which can be used to raise and maintain awareness about information security. This study explored the awareness level of 393 Kenyan smartphone users on information security threats that face them
and the behavioural choices that leaves them vulnerable.

An online structured survey was used to investigate the relationship between the behavior of
Kenyan smartphone users and awareness of information security practices. The results
showed that users are aware of smart phone threats yet they continue to make wrong
choices that leaves them vulnerable to attacks. An awareness model might improve security awareness and hence reduce the amount of risk associated with use of smartphones.

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