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    UK is a nation of 'compulsive clickers' who leave PCs vulnerable to attack

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      UK is a nation of 'compulsive clickers' who leave PCs vulnerable to attack

      UK is a nation of 'compulsive clickers' who leave PCs vulnerable to attack - Telegraph
      Britain is a nation of “compulsive clickers” according to a survey which reveals that 90 per cent of people have clicked a link sent to them in an email, despite the security risks

      Britain is a nation of “compulsive clickers” according to a survey which reveals that 90 per cent of people have clicked a link sent to them in an email.

      Research found that 66 per cent of people “very rarely” check that an email is from a genuine contact before following links. Following malicious links can leave computers open to criminal access.

      The study by security firm Sourcefire found that 60 per cent of 24 to 30-year-olds “always or often” click on links sent to them, while those over 55 were far more likely to check that an email was genuine first, with 47 per cent refraining from following links before checking their source.

      Overall, 34 per cent of people said that they always took steps to ensure that links were genuine before following them, while five per cent said that they never took precautions. Around ten per cent of those surveyed said they had no idea how to safely check emails, and were unaware of tips such as hovering over a link to read the target address before clicking.

      Understandably, it was found that 92 per cent of people were more likely to trust the safety of a link if it was sent by a trusted source.

      Dominic Storey, technical director at Sourcefire, now acquired by Cisco, said: “It’s frightening to see how easily users can be duped into clicking what looks like an innocent web link, but which can actually give a hacker full control over the user’s computer in a matter of minutes without the victim knowing a thing about it.

      “For most organisations it’s a case of when they will be subjected to an IT security breach, not if. Professional cybercrime gangs are adept at social engineering using social media to develop a profile of an individual’s interests and circle of friends to target them, often by pretending to be a friend or family members. They know often the easiest way into any corporate network is via the weakest link in the security chain of an organisation – a staff member.”


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      Re: UK is a nation of 'compulsive clickers' who leave PCs vulnerable to attack

      ...and geeks shall inherit the earth?

      I always check before clicking - no script helps when I'm being careless!

     

     

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