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AWARENESS ON DIGITAL SECURITY AND E-BUSINESS IN NIGERIA

Odiboh, Oscar and Ben-Enukora, Charity and Oresanya, Toluwalope and Yartey, Darlynton and Aiyelabola, Ayoola (2017) AWARENESS ON DIGITAL SECURITY AND E-BUSINESS IN NIGERIA. In: International Conference on Education, Social Sciences and Humanities, 10-12 July 2017, Dubai, UAE.

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Abstract

This study examined three fundamental threats to the security of digital business transactions in Nigeria. From experiential and personal perspectives of the people, especially as the enthusiasm for internet usage is acknowledged to be exponential, the study presented a variegated micro community as its locus. It touched on the bullying, stalking and extortions on the internet which fed on local desire to be part of the global technology family. With reference to earlier studies, it was recognized that though digital insecurity is a worldwide phenomenon, its prevalence in Nigeria seemed to have reached higher proportions. Founded on the theoretical platforms of identity flexibility and dissociative anonymity, this study examined the awareness level and experiences of phishing, cloning and hacking by residents of a mixed urban/semi-urban/rural community in Nigeria. Adopting a mixed research methodology, the study primarily implemented a qualitative approach involving thirty-two Focus Group discussants of mixed demographics - four male and four female aged 17-45 years, in four contiguous locations in Ota community. The study engaged a secondary methodology of quantitative survey of two hundred purposively selected adults and consistently focused on the electronic business transaction variable and depended on respondents’ willingness to participate, based on a past experience of internet stalking. Victims of either cloning, hacking, or phishing were 55.1% whilst 41.4% suffered damages amongst the respondents. Users’ vulnerability which was discovered, necessitated the recommendation of identity protection techniques, mass media awareness campaigns on digital security, as well as integration of digital security education in schools’ curriculum in Nigeria.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Public awareness, E-business, Digital security, Cloning, Hacking, Phishing, Identity theft, Nigeria.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2018 10:09
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2018 10:09
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/10093

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