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Even smart people can be stupid when it comes to security

Even smart people can be stupid when it comes to security
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Why is it that so many computer-savvy people get tricked into handing over their information?

A new study published in The Journal of the Association for Information Systems suggests that we might not be as cautious online as we should be. Not only that, but many people might overestimate their ability to recognize online fraud before becoming a victim.

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The study — conducted by Brigham Young University — first asked its 68 participants how much they knew about spotting a fake along with other security questions.

Here's how the study worked:

After taking the survey, participants had to "test" a website for the researchers. As they performed the task, they'd receive warnings that the site they were browsing wasn't safe. After the seventh time that a participant ignored the warning, they were greeted with a screen-covering message declaring that the user had been hacked.

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