Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Management


Management Science and Information Systems


Ramakrishna Ayyagari


Jeffrey Keisler

Subject Categories

Management Information Systems


The purpose of this study is to investigate the web browsing behaviors of computer users and how awareness about threats impacts their behaviors. This research focused on how users behave towards web browser alerts which prompt users to install Java Applets. Applets have become common tools for enhancing user experience. However, installing these features overrides security mechanisms inherent in browsers and provides complete access to users’ computing resources. A survey was administered to two separate groups of students from the University of Massachusetts Boston to collect data. The first group took the survey after being given a few details about the study. The same survey was then given to a second set of students after they watched a video. The video educated participants on the dangers of installing Java Applets. Results showed that after watching the video participants had increased Java Applet Security Awareness and Information Security Awareness. This study can inform management on effective training procedures to improve compliance with security.

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