international convention on information,
communication and electronic technology
Grand Hotel Adriatic Congress Centre and Hotel Admiral,

September 27 - October 1, 2021, Opatija, Croatia


SE - Psychological Aspects of Risky Online Behavior


Tena Velki (Faculty of Education, J.J. Strossmayer University of Osijek), Krešimir Šolić (Faculty of Medicine, J.J. Strossmayer University of Osijek)

Krešimir Šolić, kresimir@mefos.hr

Aim of this experiment was to examine the actual risky online behaviors among information and communication systems’ users. During the experiment participants have received feedback information on their potentially risky behavior. Based on their own experience and practical examples short education was implemented in order to increase awareness of the existing risks while using the Internet.
Goal of this experiment was to increase awareness among participants about the potential online risks that Internet users frequently encounter.

In the first part of this social experiment, a validated measuring instrument (questionnaire) was used to simulate the risky behavior of information and communication computer systems` users and to examine their existing level of knowledge and awareness on the aspects of information security and privacy protection.
In the second part, the participants were presented with the results of previous studies in Croatia and the world that focused on information security. Age, gender and educational differences between groups of users on risky online behaviors, level of knowledge and awareness, violation of security protocols, etc. were presented.
In the central part of this experiment, the participants participated in a discussion based on their own results on risky online behavior and they compared these results with previous studies in Croatia and the world. Furthermore, current examples of social engineering were presented to participants and they got encouraged to present their own examples of social engineering from the private and business sectors.
In the final part of the social experiment, common conclusions were drawn and recommendations were created for users regarding safer behavior on the Internet.

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