Most of the times while searching for some required data, you see a flash message that warns you about a thing like, “the page you are trying to access is not safe and there may be a threat to the security” and most of the times, you ignored that. Is that true?
In Utah, at the Brigham Young University, a group of researchers wanted to go further into the psychology of people who most often ignore such messages.
A number of people who say that they are strict about caring for their computer security, but they behave in the different ways that put them in a risky situation about the computer security concerns. Like, the security threats of a virus and some other computer instructions those are totally unwanted. The objective of the study was to find out what exactly goes in the minds of such users.
According to the Brock Kirwan (BYU neuroscientist), the online security regularly depends on people paying attention to the warning messages.
According to him, “the weakest component of the security is the users themselves.” That means that the computer is somewhat secure, but that is you who have to get hold on the security concerns by paying attention on this matter.
The group of researchers experimented on a number of the students who used their own laptops. The students were asked to play a game and while playing the game, they were asked to answer whether the images used in the game of the Batman are photographed or animated.
During the experiment, the warning signs appeared on their screens regularly asking them about the malware issues on the Batman site. If the enough number of the warnings were ignored by the students, then the computer was hacked.
Anthony Vance (professor of information systems at BYU) said that, some of the people pulled out the network cable and some closed the laptop lid. Means they were absolutely worried about their data. Fortunately, the hacking messages were not genuine. But, the behavior of the students was counter to the previous responses by students about ignoring the messages.
The group of the researchers is planning the future experiments by using the high tech brain images known as FMRI, and by tracking the movement of the mouse as well in order to predict how we respond to the computer security.