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Our brains work hard to spot phishing scams, but still often fail
Scientists have found a significant increase in brain activity related to problem-solving and decision-making when we're trying to tell if a webpage is legitimate or not, and when we're processing browser warnings about potential malware-infected sites.
Despite the extra brain-power called on by these tasks, it seems we're still pretty bad at spotting fake sites, averaging just a 60% accuracy rate.
Unsurprisingly, more impulsive personalities tend to apply less thinking to such tasks.
These are the findings of a study by a mixed group of computer scientists and psychologists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, who had their test subjects look at real and fake versions of web pages, and malware alerts and other less serious messages, while scanning their brains with a functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) machine.
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