An anonymous reader writes: New insights from researchers at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University point to two factors that may boost the likelihood that a computer user will fall prey: being female and having a neurotic personality. In a preliminary study, the researchers sampled 100 students from an undergraduate psychology class, most of whom were science or engineering majors. Participants completed a questionnaire about their online habits and beliefs, including details about the type and volume of information they share on Facebook. They were also asked to rate the likelihood of negative things happening to them personally online, such as having an Internet password stolen. Finally, participants answered the short version of a widely used multidimensional personality assessment survey.
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