Individual differences in cyber security behaviors: an examination of who is sharing passwords

Monica Whitty, James Doodson, Sadie Creese, Duncan Hodges

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In spite of the number of public advice campaigns, researchers have found that individuals still engage in risky password practices. There is a dearth of research available on individual differences in cyber security behaviors. This study focused on the risky practice of sharing passwords. As predicted, we found that individuals who scored high on a lack of perseverance were more likely to share passwords. Contrary to our hypotheses, we found older people and individuals who score high on self-monitoring were more likely to share passwords. We speculate on the reasons behind these findings, and examine how they might be considered in future cyber security educational campaigns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-7
Number of pages5
JournalCyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

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