The Social Psychology of Cyberspace: Self and Community in the Age of the Internet

PSY 380.K

Miami University
Spring Semester, 2000

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Internet Security

Gina Cristofani, Lee Dessecker, Rich Olsen, Jonathan Schilling

    The Internet is a pervasive force which is working its way into all aspects of our civilization -- of this fact there is no doubt. One could spend countless hours,days, and months debating and studying the implications and connotations of this fact and its influence on education, business, etc. However, in studying this medium, it is important to remain cautious and realize the security issues surrounding the Internet. Being overly cautious and conservative in this exploration is detrimental and foolish -- the resources left undiscovered by frightened people will be expanded by others, leaving the paranoid in the dust. However, it is ultimately more careless to assume that all is legitimate and nothing will harm you. It's that old principle of "that'll never happen to me" that can make one vulnerable. Educated medium should be achieved between these extremes. We plan to take a look at the current work of hackers threatening ecommerce, politics, and individuals with a range of viruses. Also what is the difference between personal computers, ecommerce, and computer networks on college campuses when it comes to security? Most importantly, how secure do you feel? How do age and gender affect people's reactions on this matter? What general precautions can be affected to make the common computer user better educated and more confident with their security? We propose to research security policies and their effectiveness with an emphasis on current events and the boom of buying and trading online. Then taking this information and corralating with data compiled from extensive surveying of college students and the public with a focus on age as a determining factor in the matter of personal security on the Internet.

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