• P-ISSN 0974-6846 E-ISSN 0974-5645

Indian Journal of Science and Technology


Indian Journal of Science and Technology

Year: 2021, Volume: 14, Issue: 15, Pages: 1212-1218

Original Article

A Study on the Social Networking Sites Security Awareness Among Users in Tabuk City

Received Date:17 December 2020, Accepted Date:26 April 2021, Published Date:30 April 2021


Objectives: To analyze security awareness among social media users in Tabuk City and the relationship when grouped according to gender, educational attainment, age, and years in social media. Methods/Statistical analysis: The descriptive correlational research method was utilized to accomplish the study’s objectives. A total of 385 respondents were selected using a random sampling of Social Media Users of Tabuk City, Kalinga, Philippines. Statistical Packages for Social Sciences (SPSS) software was used in assessing the frequency and computing the collected data’s multivariate test, which determines the relationship of the respondent’s response. Findings: The study showed a significant relationship between social networking security among users when grouped into gender and educational attainment, while as to age and years in social media, there is no significant relationship. The results revealed that most respondents are vulnerable to threats due to low social networking security awareness. Novelty: Social networking can be a form of data exchange that can be exploited. Therefore, this study highlighted the issues and challenges in the vulnerability of social networking site users.

Keywords: Social Network; Security; Awareness


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© 2021 Mariani & Wacas.This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Published By Indian Society for Education and Environment (iSee)


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