Measuring trust in wi-fi hotspots


Kindberg, T., O'Neill, E., Bevan, C., Kostakos, V., Stanton Fraser, D. and Jay, T., 2008. Measuring trust in wi-fi hotspots. In: SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2008), 2008-04-05 - 2008-04-10. New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), pp. 173-182.

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Pervasive systems provide services that are situated within specific contexts. An everyday example of this is Wi-Fi hotspots. Factors such as branding and presentation are known to affect whether users are prepared to invest trust in services, but little is known about trust in situated services. This paper describes an experiment to measure de facto trust in Wi-Fi hotspots in public places, as opposed to examining trust behaviour in a simulated lab setting. We investigated two hypotheses about the effect of location-specific images in the hotspot's pages on trust behaviours, compared to images of non-specific locations. We found a significant result which confirms that decisions to access an unfamiliar Wi-Fi hotspot can be affected by location-relevant images.


Item Type Conference or Workshop Items (UNSPECIFIED)
CreatorsKindberg, T., O'Neill, E., Bevan, C., Kostakos, V., Stanton Fraser, D. and Jay, T.
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DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
Faculty of Science > Computer Science
ID Code20337
Additional InformationSESSION: Trust and Security, April 5-10, 2008 Florence, Italy


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