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People Not Aware of Popup Dangers

Do You Click on Popups?

Since I use a Mac, I find it hilarious when a Windows-themed popup makes it through my blocker. Like, duh – I'm not clicking "Yes" to that! But a recent study shows that not everyone is so popup savvy. Turns out, lots of people are unaware that popups could crash your computer with a virus, and most people actually click through pop up boxes just to get them out of the way.

When a group of 42 college students were asked to load a series of medical websites that were secretly rigged with fake popups (like the one seen above), over half of them clicked through the dialogue boxes by hitting "OK" and nine of them just moved the box out of the way, saving the potential trouble for later. I thought everyone knew that popup boxes were a dangerous surprise and to never click "Yes" or "OK" on anything, but apparently I was a little off!


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