Assessment of Information Security of the Internet Environment by the Users of Social Networks

Author: Anatoliy A. Krivoukhov

Communicology. 2018. Vol.6. No.1
Krivoukhov Anatoliy Anatolievich, Cand. Sc. (Law), senior lecturer at the Department of Humanitarian Disciplines, Kursk State Agricultural Academy. Address: 305021, Kursk, Karl Marx st., 70. E-mail:

Abstract. The paper provides the evaluation of changes in the safety of social activity in the aftermath of the introduction of information and telecommunication technologies. Based on the data of the online poll on social networks “VKontakte” and “Twitter”, the author shows that users of these networks evaluate the activity in modern society as more dangerous, and the level of openness of their personal data in the network as high or medium. This raises the feeling of insecurity from criminal encroachments when working on the Internet. At the same time, due to the fears of victimization and a certain closeness of network communities, social network users choose mutual information as a measure to combat information threats. As a result, the author concludes that it is necessary to increase public competence in the field of information security as a component of the information and communication culture of modern man.

Keywords: information security, information and communication environment, social networks, cybercrime

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For citation: Krivoukhov A.A. Assessment of Information Security of the Internet Environment by the Users of Social Networks. Communicology (Russia). 2018. Vol. 6. No.1. P. 107-117. DOI 10.21453/2311-3065-2018-6-1-107-117.

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