Spring 2014

Preparation for Recitation 22

Read the following before recitation: Read You've Been Warned: An Empirical Study of the Effectiveness of Web Browser Phishing Warnings

Please answer the following question:

The Egelman, et al. paper studies the effectiveness of passive or active web site warning on the behavior of people targeted by spear phishing attacks.

1. How effective are these warnings in preventing people from entering personal information into phishing sites?

2. What are the most important factors that make warnings ineffective?

3. Did the study reported in the paper control for the fact that their phishing attacks happened right after the subjects made on-line purchases?

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