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Creating Better Malware Warnings Through Psychology 85

msm1267 writes "Generic malware warnings that alert computer users to potential trouble are largely ineffective and often ignored. Researchers at Cambridge University, however, have proposed a change to the status quo, believing instead that warnings should be re-architected to include concrete, specific warnings that are not technical and rely less on fear than current alerts."
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Creating Better Malware Warnings Through Psychology

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  • by kruach aum ( 1934852 ) on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @02:35PM (#45889821)

    If you click this link you will literally want to kill yourself like that time you thought you'd pulled your underwear all the way down but instead re-enacted the slicing frame scene from Cube but with poop

    If you click this link you will be tricked into being tricked into giving Russians money to make a non-existent problem not go away, like that time you bought a can opener because you chipped a tooth opening a beer bottle and then never used it

    If you click this link you will experience the mental equivalent of three elephant births through a human sized vagina worth of pain over the course of a week and a half

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @02:39PM (#45889897)

    I don't know what the article said. I was afraid to download the paper linked because it occurred to me that it might have been one of the very malware warnings they were talking about since they said "Reading this May Harm Your Computer: The Psychology of Malware Warnings".

    Preeety clever guys, but I ain't gonna let y'all pull a fast one on me

  • by Pope ( 17780 ) on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @03:22PM (#45890465)

    Maybe you should read about this one weird computer security tip discovered by a mom. Malware writers hate her!

  • by Tablizer ( 95088 ) on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @03:28PM (#45890557) Journal

    "concrete, specific warnings" and "not technical"

    "Don't click the purple button shaped like the bow-tie Justin Beiber wore on 'Dancing with Stars' last week".

    See, it can be done.

I've noticed several design suggestions in your code.