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Inability to Recognize Fake Pop-Ups Could be Risky

A new research conducted by security investigators at North Carolina State University indicates that majority of the online users are not able to differentiate authentic pop-up alert messages from the fake ones despite repeated mistakes, as reported by periscopeit on September 25, 2008.

The study says that the university's students regarded a pop-up message as a disturbance in their online activity and therefore, they quickly delete them, suggesting that the common people are inclined to react in such a manner towards pop-up alerts. If this practice is true, then people are exposing themselves to spyware and viruses, say the researchers.

Furthermore, the research shows that the tangible distinctions between the genuine...

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