Usable Sexurity Identifying Peoples Needs And Strategies For Sexting

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Sexting, although becoming more common in the age of mobile phones, is still not studied in the context of youth or risk-prevention. In the view that sexting is an acceptable intimacy-building behavior rather than an illegal act that should be prevented and regulated, this study examines the computer security and privacy mental models and the use of technology of adults who sext. We conducted an online survey of adults who had sexted (N=247), asking participants about which platforms they use to sext, their general behavior when sexting, what privacy and security concerns they have around sexting, and what they do to manage these concerns. We found that respondents are concerned about sexts they send and how they are misused. There is also concern about receiving unwelcome messages. Participants use technical strategies for sexts, like platforms with disappearing messages, but they often rely on non-technical strategies such as trusting their partner to reduce the risk. Sexting Our findings are in line with Citron's legal framework for sexual privacy to support individuals' autonomy and equality. We also offer suggestions for platforms for communication that provide usable security for sexting.