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Perceived utility as a motivational factor in affecting users’ decisions to download and install potentially spyware-infected software

conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Kenneth HowahKenneth Howah, Ritesh ChughRitesh Chugh
Spyware is acknowledged to be a growing problem in computing in the potential for privacy breaches, the theft of valuable data and facilitating the commission of other cybercrimes. This research paper is aimed at exploring perceived utility as a motivational factor in influencing user decisions to download and install free software containing spyware from the Internet. Data was collected through an online questionnaire sent to alumni of an Australian university, which was analyzed using quantitative methods. The findings revealed utility or immediate need is a strong and dominant motivating factor to download and install free software for most users even though it may be infected with spyware. The findings may have important implications for spyware proliferation and consumer protection, given the rapidly increasing uptake of online Internet activity by the general public supported by constantly improving technologies and online services.

History

Start Page

1

End Page

8

Number of Pages

8

Start Date

01/01/2015

Finish Date

01/01/2015

ISBN-13

9780996683104

Location

Puerto Rico

Publisher

Association for Information Systems

Place of Publication

Atlanta, GA.

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

School of Engineering and Technology (2013- ); TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

Americas Conference on Information Systems