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Understanding the Risks on Saudi Arabian’s Youth Being Online Without Having Strong Cyber-Security Awareness


Nawaf Alharbi, Dr Ben Soh, Dr Mohammed A AlZain, and Mawaddah Alharbi


Vol. 22  No. 7  pp. 131-146


The Internet is becoming a basic need for many individuals globally in this digital age. The youths became more active online than before, with the majority relying on different platforms to communicate and interact with peers. Saudi Arabia is one of the nations where internet usage is high, with an increasing number of active internet users. The youth in Saudi Arabia are engaged in various online platforms. However, they lack adequate knowledge about cybersecurity and the dangers of internet usage, which exposes them to the risk of falling victims to cybercriminals. The most common dangers of internet usage include viruses, malware, phishing, and hacking, compromising users’ sensitive information. Increased awareness of these potential threats helps protect Internet users and secure their data. The understanding of the dangers of Internet usage among youths varies across countries. In this regard, our study explores the risks of internet usage among youth in Saudi Arabia compared to the United States, South Africa, and New Zealand.


Internet, cybersecurity, privacy, Internet usage, virus, youths