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Tips to Secure your Digital World-MRIs show our brains shutting down when we see security prompts

TechPart of a series: Anyone who has used a computer (you're probably using one to read this, even your phone is a computer) has seen many of these: Pop-up warnings related to security. Turns out just 2 warnings in a short period of time causes your brain to shut down and ignore them.

From an article at arstechnica.com: "Ever feel your eyes glazing over when you see yet another security warning pop up on your monitor? In a first, scientists have used magnetic resonance imaging to measure a human brain's dramatic drop in attention that results when a computer user is subjected to just two security warnings in a short time.

In a paper scheduled to be presented next month at the Association for Computing Machinery's CHI 2015 conference, researchers will present data that maps regions of the brain responsible for visual processing. The MRI images show a "precipitous drop" in visual processing after even one repeated exposure to a standard security warning and a "large overall drop" after 13 of them. Previously, such warning fatigue has been observed only indirectly, such as one study finding that only 14 percent of participants recognized content changes to confirmation dialog boxes or another that recorded users clicking through one-half of all SSL warnings in less than two seconds."

If you ignore the warnings, then you have no one but your brain to blame.

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Tips to Secure your Digital World-MRIs show our brains shutting down when we see security prompts
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, March 22 2015 @ 02:51 PM AKDT
I hate those pop up things, guess I should pay more attention to them?
Tips to Secure your Digital World-MRIs show our brains shutting down when we see security prompts
Authored by: DG on Sunday, March 22 2015 @ 02:54 PM AKDT
Not if you ever use the internet for anything. Or a computer.

I had a computer repair business in Big Lake, and people would not listen to my advice on how to prevent it from happening again.