Fake Windows warnings messages tricking users

Psychologists at North Carolina State University have found that computer users struggle to distinguish between fake Windows warning messages and the real thing. In an experiment that tested the responses of 42 web-browsing university students, they found that almost two-thirds of them - 63 percent - would click 'OK' whenever they saw a popup warning, […]

Psychologists at North Carolina State University have found that computer users struggle to distinguish between fake Windows warning messages and the real thing. In an experiment that tested the responses of 42 web-browsing university students, they found that almost two-thirds of them - 63 percent - would click 'OK' whenever they saw a popup warning, whether it was fake or not.

"Many people fall for this style of attack by not recognising the visual elements that separate real and fake warning windows," the researchers concluded in a paper delivered at an academic conference in New York this week. That's bad news, security experts say, because fake popup messages can take you to some very bad places on the internet.

Source:→ PC Advisor

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