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Younger, more extroverted, and more agreeable individuals are more vulnerable to email phishing scams


New research published in Applied Cognitive Psychology suggests that the older you are, the less susceptible you are to phishing scams. In addition, highly extroverted and agreeable people are more susceptible to this style of cyber attack. This research holds the potential to provide valuable guidance for future cybersecurity training, considering the specific knowledge and skills required to address age and personality differences.

Phishing is a type of cyber attack involving tricking individuals into revealing sensitive information or downloading malware through fraudulent emails or websites. Despite the growing prevalence of phishing attacks, much is still to be learned about the psychological factors contributing to susceptibility.


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