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MRI images show brains becoming inactive while answering security prompts


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#1 Sintharius

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Posted 25 March 2015 - 03:27 PM

MRI images show brains becoming inactive while answering security prompts (and PUP installations) - Emsisoft Blog

It explains why a lot of folks get their machines cluttered up with PUP easily - habits.

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Posted 25 March 2015 - 03:44 PM

Emsisoft blog has some entertaining stuff on it. It's nicely designed too.



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Posted 25 March 2015 - 04:56 PM

Eighty students from the university community participated in the study...

That suggests young adults in our modern day institutions of higher education are prone to this mental phenomenon. I would ask...what other factors could have contributed to that?
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Posted 25 March 2015 - 05:04 PM

That suggests young adults in our modern day institutions of higher education are prone to this mental phenomenon. I would ask...what other factors could have contributed to that?

Not all of us are, quietman7. :)

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Posted 25 March 2015 - 05:12 PM

No but then again the study says "most". :wink:
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Posted 26 March 2015 - 01:50 AM

Sometimes I wonder why schools and universities don't teach students safe surfing. My place teaches the importance of strong passwords, but that's it.

I still wonder from time to time how did I get by almost ten years without an infection... :lol:

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Posted 26 March 2015 - 04:42 AM

Public schools no longer teach a lot of things kids need for dealing in the real world.

Alex...you obviously are an exception.


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Posted 26 March 2015 - 04:45 AM

You got my name in a typo, quietman7 :P

But really, I never truly learned about "safe surfing" until Bleeping Computer - I know that AVs and FWs are important (not using both at the same time!), don't download fishy things from the Internet... but that's about it :)

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Posted 26 March 2015 - 04:50 AM

... I never truly learned about "safe surfing" until Bleeping Computer...

 

That is what BC is about. Educating and teaching folks to be safe.

 

Fixed the typo...I just woke up.


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Posted 26 March 2015 - 05:00 AM

You need some coffee :lol:

Speaking of which...

I would ask...what other factors could have contributed to that?

Parents and schools do not teach children on how to properly use a computer (which also includes security, privacy etc.), people being lazy and did not read everything through, or just dismissing those thinking they aren't important. I know a lot of people being plagued with PUPs (mainly browser hijackers) in my home country, and they did not bother to do anything about it.

This mental phenomenon also explains why we don't recommend HIPS software to average users, by the way.

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Posted 26 March 2015 - 07:16 AM

"I know that AVs and FWs are important (not using both at the same time!)"

Are you sure you meant to say that?  What's your reasoning?



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Posted 26 March 2015 - 08:29 AM

"I know that AVs and FWs are important (not using both at the same time!)"

Are you sure you meant to say that?  What's your reasoning?

What I mean is having an AV and FW is important, but do not use two AVs/FWs at the same time (AM was a nonexistent concept for me at the time).

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Posted 26 March 2015 - 09:10 AM

Alex,

 

Do you mean to say that you should not be running two AV solutions simultaneously and/or two firewalls simultaneously?

If so, then you're right ,,,, but you should be using an AV solution and a firewall at all times, one of each, running at the same time.

 

Safe surfing is more than just strong passwords ... a compromised password is never strong because it has been compromised ... safe surfing entails (as you rightly point out) being careful what you download, where you download it from, what you agree to when you install a downloaded program, what email links you follow, what websites you visit, as well as a whole raft of other stuff.


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Posted 26 March 2015 - 10:38 AM

It really would be smart to include some safe surfing in school. It wouldn't even have to be a full semester, or could be part of another class.

 

Once upon a time, computers were only interesting to nerds, and they weren't that user-friendly, so just in the course of learning how to use them, you would stumble upon the issue of malware sooner or later and realize the computer wasn't magically protected - you had to take it upon yourself to figure out security.

 

But tell that to a complete newbie, and it's frightening and overwhelming. So computer stores just don't mention it. Or they say, "...and it comes with Windows Defender" as if that's all you need for protection. So people leave the store with a new computer and a false sense of security. And, of course, the in-house repair team gets to make some money if they come back with a virus. Why educate folks when you can make money off keeping them ignorant?

 

And the press is happy to report the latest terrifying virus that's going to leap out of your screen and chase you with scissors, but rarely do they include a paragraph about how you need an AV and a firewall, and who to turn to if you have no clue what any of that means. And the importance of, and best strategies for, backups.

So yes, it would be terrific if public schools at least made kids aware of these basic facts. And password keepers like LastPass. And browser add-ons like Web of Trust. And also basic stuff like, if your computer is suddenly very slow or the fan is running all the time, something's wrong. It's just like a car - if it starts making odd noises or being sluggish or doing anything out of the ordinary, then either there's malware or you've got hardware about to fail. Either way, most people know to get their cars looked at when they're doing weird stuff, but a surprising number of people don't do anything when the computer starts acting up.



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Posted 26 March 2015 - 10:42 AM

This study could easily explain also why the user always swears they didn't download or do anything that would have caused the infection.






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