Should we scare people into behaving securely?

Karen Renaud, Marc Dupuis

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It is common to see messages informing people of dire consequences that could result if hackers gain access to their devic-es or online accounts. These messages, called 'fear appeals', attempt to encourage people to engage in secure behaviours, such as making back-ups, choosing strong passwords or not using public wifi.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20
Number of pages1
JournalNetwork Security
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2019


  • cyber security
  • scare tactics
  • cyber fear
  • hackers

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