Nudging towards security: developing an application for wireless network selection for android phones

James Turland, Lynne Coventry, Debora Jeske, Pam Briggs, Aad Van Moorsel

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People make security choices on a daily basis without fully considering the security implications of those choices. In this paper we present a prototype application which pro- motes the choice of secure wireless network options, specif- ically when users are unfamiliar with the wireless networks available. The app was developed based on behavioural the- ory, choice architecture and good practices informed by HCI design. The app includes several options to nudge' users to- wards selecting more secure public wireless networks. This paper outlines the development and the results of an evalua- tion of some of the potential app nudges (specifically, presen- tation order and colour coding). Colour coding was found to be a powerful inuence, less so with the order in which we listed the Wi-Fi networks, although the colour order combination was most effective. The paper contributes to the body of evidence on the effectiveness of cyber-security interventions to empower the user to make more informed security decisions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBritish HCI 2015
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 2015 British HCI Conference 2015
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781450336437
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventBritish HCI Conference, British HCI 2015 - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Jul 201517 Jul 2015


ConferenceBritish HCI Conference, British HCI 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityLincoln, Lincolnshire


  • Mindspace framework
  • Nudging
  • Interface design
  • Mobile devices
  • Wi-Fi application


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