Framing Effects on Online Security Behavior

Nuria Rodríguez-Priego, René van Bavel*, José Vila, Pam Briggs

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We conducted an incentivized lab experiment examining the effect of gain vs. loss-framed warning messages on online security behavior. We measured the probability of suffering a cyberattack during the experiment as the result of five specific security behaviors: choosing a safe connection, providing minimum information during the sign-up process, choosing a strong password, choosing a trusted vendor, and logging-out. A loss-framed message led to more secure behavior during the experiment. The experiment also measured the effect of trusting beliefs and cybersecurity knowledge. Trusting beliefs had a negative effect on security behavior, while cybersecurity knowledge had a positive effect. [Abstract copyright: Copyright © 2020 Rodríguez-Priego, van Bavel, Vila and Briggs.]
Original languageEnglish
Article number527886
Number of pages11
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2020


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