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Risk perception towards Cybercrime among Students in the Netherlands: The effect of multiple factors on Risk Perception

Seijen, S.T. van (2021) Risk perception towards Cybercrime among Students in the Netherlands: The effect of multiple factors on Risk Perception.

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Abstract:The internet has an integral part of daily life and its increasing more every day. Although the internet has brought many benefits, it has also brought many risks with it. It has given criminals new opportunities to commit crimes. These crimes are called cybercrime, in which the internet is used for facilitating traditional crimes or for crimes that cannot exist without the internet. Individuals who use the internet frequently are most at risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime, but mostly do not know the risks associated with the internet. This phenomenon is called risk perception, which has many factors that could influence the risk perception of individuals. The main goal of this study was to see whether there was an association between multiple factors and risk perception of students in the Netherlands. This was tested through an online survey that was distributed through Social Media and Sona Systems. The factors studied were demographics, personality, previous experience and vulnerability. In total 63 students participated in the online study. Results indicated that there was a significant association between the personality trait Conscientiousness and risk perception. However, no significant associations were found for the other factors. The results suggest that there is an association between the personality trait Conscientiousness and risk perception. On this basis, the personality trait Conscientiousness should be taken into account when trying to adjust the risk perception of students in the Netherlands.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/85576
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