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Perceptions of computer viruses: a cross-cultural assessment

Mary Jones, Kirk Arnett, Jeung-Tai Eddie Tang, Nian-Shing Chen
Computers & Security, 12 (1993) 191-197
ISSN 0167-4046
December 1993

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This paper provides an empirical assessment of cross-cultural differences in perceptions of computer viruses. Results of a survey of 642 business students from the USA and Taiwan reveal both similarities and differences between the two groups. Variables on which the two groups differ include computer experience, exposure to computer viruses, and educational background. The survey provides measures of general perceptions and awareness levels of viruses as well as beliefs about personal susceptibility and about the effect of viruses on the workplace.

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