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Information security and technical issues of cloud storage services: a qualitative study on university students in Hong Kong

Shing Cheong Hui (Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Ming Yung Kwok (Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Elaine W.S. Kong (Georgetown University Law Library, Washington, District of Columbia, USA)
Dickson K.W. Chiu (Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 3 March 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Although cloud storage services can bring users valuable convenience, they can be technically complex and intrinsically insecure. Therefore, this research explores the concerns of academic users regarding cloud security and technical issues and how such problems may influence their continuous use in daily life.

Design/methodology/approach

This qualitative study used a semi-structured interview approach comprising six main open-ended questions to explore the information security and technical issues for the continuous use of cloud storage services by 20 undergraduate students in Hong Kong.

Findings

The analysis revealed cloud storage service users' major security and technical concerns, particularly synchronization and backup issues, were the most significant technical barrier to the continuing personal use of cloud storage services.

Originality/value

Existing literature has focused on how cloud computing services could bring benefits and security and privacy-related risks to organizations rather than security and technical issues of personal use, especially in the Asian academic context.

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Citation

Hui, S.C., Kwok, M.Y., Kong, E.W.S. and Chiu, D.K.W. (2023), "Information security and technical issues of cloud storage services: a qualitative study on university students in Hong Kong", Library Hi Tech, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHT-11-2022-0533

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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