Fake Popup Study Confirms Most Web Browsers are Dolts

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Wildebeast

I agree that, sadly, most people don't want to put much if any thought into the security of their computer.

Just one question, though.  Isn't that a Kubuntu Linux logo, there on the wall, in that pic? 

Maybe the students knew just enough to know there is a lower risk.  If they were using a computer maintained by their school, maybe they don't care much about the security of their "account."

Just a shot in the dark.   If you're going to do a study, you can't forget about & ignore the conditions & environment you've used for it.

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Paul_Lilly

That's not an actual pic of the testing environment.

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Wildebeast

Ah.

That makes sense.  The back of most teens heads are a horrific sight. 

Plus, it keeps the "stunt" teen-agers employed.

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vistageek

This is sad but true. I think that collage students are actually probly the smartest as I think a lot more adults would show even wrose. 

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Queenof1

of course, MaxPC readers also know that clicking x will not necessarily close said popup window. some clever ones will install malware no matter where you click in the box.

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AndyYankee17

good point, people should use the OS to kill it

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nedwards

Most users don't have any idea what is and isn't supposed to happen on their computer. They just view anything they don't understand as a mysterious distraction from the task at hand.

I know people who have never configured the anti-virus that comes with their big-box-store laptop because they just think they config dialog that pops up when their computer starts is "something that got on the computer somehow". 

 

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sdcat

This abstract of the study written by Paul Lilly didn't provide much needed critical information on the environment. There might be a serious flaw in the set up to influence of the result of the conducted study.

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jwalch.hawk

I know I'm going to regret pointing this out because inevitably some ass-hat is going to feel the need to follow this up with the usual OMG-it-sux-so-bad...

But this study is further evidence of why Vista's UAC, while perhaps well-intentioned, doesn't work in practice.  Given the option, a lot of users will mindlessly click through any warning they can.

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TheZomb

This isn't only vistas UACs flaw it just happens to be more annoying. 90% of antivirus pograms and firewalls use the same strategy and ask you when they think a program is doing something it shouldn't.  vista just takes it to the next level  and asks you every time instead of remembering your answers for certain programs.  The only way to stop getting a viruses is for you to be smarter not your computer.  Anti-virus and other tools can try, but unless you want to disconnect your computer from the internet then just don't be stupid.  All this study proves is exactly what the articles sums up.  These students need to read or book about security or something

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