Smartwatches provide connectivity and convenience in a mobile form factor. However, to provide such functionality, they access a wide range of data. Many models include security features, but these settings are rarely used. Therefore, we sought to encourage the protection of smartwatch data. Awareness campaigns tend to be the default approach, and often lack efficacy. We developed two educational games to persuade through positive reinforcement. To prototype our approach, we designed an online application. In a 504-person evaluation, participants reported behaviour before and after gameplay. Although our results were significant, we sought empirical validation. This consisted of a two-month longitudinal study with Android smartwatches. Through logging protective behaviour, we demonstrated the efficacy of our games. Awareness is not enough, and we recommend such applications as a complement to security campaigns.
Dr Meredydd Williams is a Consultant at Roke Manor Research, specialising in behavioural cyber security. Through this role, he works closely with public-sector clients to deliver bespoke solutions. Meredydd also serves as a departmental Innovation Lead, championing the firm's capability development. Before joining Roke, Dr Williams received his PhD in Cyber Security from Oxford University. His research concerned behaviour change, particularly in the context of IoT developments. Meredydd also holds an MPhil Advanced Computer Science from Cambridge University, and continues to publish academically.
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