On January 11, Sonia presented to the general public at the Carleton Science Cafe held at the Sunnyside Public Library. Her presentation was about:
Staying safe online: exploring cyber threats and protection strategies
Why do users behave insecurely even though most will readily state that security and privacy are important? We will cover some of our recent research exploring reasons why users’ actions do not necessarily reflect their desire for security and how the configuration of security systems may actually weaken security in practice. We will discuss the main cyber threats faced by end-users, demonstrate some of our interactive educational material for improving digital literacy, and discuss realistic strategies for reducing risks while still enabling users to pursue online activities.