sesa 22(30): 2

Research Article

Comparing Online Surveys for Cybersecurity: SONA and MTurk

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.8-2-2022.173334,
        author={Anne Wagner and Anna Bakas and Shelia Kennison and Eric Chan-Tin},
        title={Comparing Online Surveys for Cybersecurity: SONA and MTurk},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Security and Safety},
        keywords={Survey, Password Strength, Personality, MTurk, SONA},
  • Anne Wagner
    Anna Bakas
    Shelia Kennison
    Eric Chan-Tin
    Year: 2022
    Comparing Online Surveys for Cybersecurity: SONA and MTurk
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.8-2-2022.173334
Anne Wagner1, Anna Bakas1, Shelia Kennison2, Eric Chan-Tin2,*
  • 1: Loyola University Chicago
  • 2: Oklahoma State University
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People have many accounts and usually need to create a password for each. They tend to create insecure passwords and re-use passwords, which can lead to compromised data. This research examines if there is a link between personality type and password security among a variety of participants in two groups of participants: SONA and MTurk. Each participant in both surveys answered questions based on password security and their personality type. Our results show that participants in the MTurk survey were more likely to choose a strong password and to exhibit better security behaviors and knowledge than participants in the SONA survey. This is mostly attributed to the age difference. However, the distribution of the results was similar for both MTurk and SONA. In the second part of our study, we found that security behaviors actually went down – this could be due to the pandemic or indicative of a need for more regular messaging/training.