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How to Increase Smart Home Security and Privacy Risk Perception

Duezguen, Reyhan; Mayer, Peter ORCID iD icon; Berens, Benjamin ORCID iD icon; Beckmann, Christopher ORCID iD icon; Aldag, Lukas; Mossano, Mattia; Volkamer, Melanie; Strufe, Thorsten ORCID iD icon


With continuous technological advancements, our homes become smarter by interconnecting more and more devices. Smart homes provide many advantages. However, they also introduce new privacy and security risks. Recent studies show that only a few people are aware of abstract risks, and most people are not aware of specific negative consequences. We developed a privacy and security awareness intervention for people who want to inform themselves about risks in the smart home context. Our intervention is based on research literature on risk perception and feedback from both lay users and security and privacy experts. We evaluated our intervention regarding its influence on participants’ perceived threat, privacy attitude, motivation to avoid threats, willingness to pay, and time commitment to configure protective measures. The results of this evaluation show a significant increase for all these aspects. We also compared our intervention to information that users could obtain during an Internet search on the topic. In this comparison, our intervention evokes a significantly higher perceived threat and privacy attitude. It showed no significant difference for the other three scales. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000135411
DOI: 10.1109/TrustCom53373.2021.00138
Zitationen: 5
Zitationen: 6
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Angewandte Informatik und Formale Beschreibungsverfahren (AIFB)
Kompetenzzentrum für angewandte Sicherheitstechnologie (KASTEL)
Publikationstyp Proceedingsbeitrag
Publikationsdatum 18.08.2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator KITopen-ID: 1000135411
HGF-Programm 46.23.01 (POF IV, LK 01) Methods for Engineering Secure Systems
Erschienen in 20th IEEE International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications (TrustCom), 18 - 20 Augus 2021, Shenyang, China
Veranstaltung 20th IEEE International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications (TrustCom 2021), Shenyang, China, 18.08.2021 – 21.08.2021
Verlag Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Seiten 997-1004
Projektinformation GHOST (EU, H2020, 740923)
Bemerkung zur Veröffentlichung This work was partially funded by the European Unions Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme through the GHOST project under Grant Agreement No. 740923. The research was furthermore supported by the Helmholtz Association (HGF) through the subtopic Engineering Secure Systems (ESS) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
Schlagwörter smart home, risk intervention, security & privacy, risk perception
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