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Title: Individual differences in cyber security behaviors: an examination of who is sharing passwords
Authors: Whitty, Monica
Doodson, James
Creese, Sadie
Hodges, Duncan
First Published: 13-Jan-2015
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert for International Association of CyberPsychology, Training and Rehabilitation (iACToR)
Citation: Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 2015, 18 (1), pp. 3-7
Abstract: 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 younger [corrected] 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.
DOI Link: 10.1089/cyber.2014.0179
ISSN: 2152-2715
eISSN: 2152-2723
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © Monica Whitty et al. 2015; Published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. This Open Access article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited.
Description: Corrections (doi: 10.1089/cyber.2014.0179.cxn) incorporated in published version.
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