The upcoming International Human Factors and Ergonomics Society that we come across is going to reveal specific attributes of email users that are more vulnerable to scams and attacks in the virtual world. Their cognitive, behavioral and perceptual traits were looked into to draw some conclusions. The researchers have found that women and those who are introverted or overconfident are likely to be an easy victim for these scammers. They are not able to make out those fraudulent emails and fake correspondence, with an ulterior motive to get passwords and credit card information, or to send viruses. These victims were not only overconfident but had full confidence in their ability to remain protected.
A survey was done on a group of participants, where each was given to look through both legitimate and phishing emails. They were asked to leave those emails that they thought to be legitimate, while deleting the rest, which they believed were spam. Almost 90% of the participants felt they were confident in identifying malicious emails. But the results showed otherwise as 92 percent of them were not able to segregate phishing emails successfully and 54 % deleted one authentic email. Women were found to be less accurate than men when labeling phishing emails. Those who were introverts and less trusting, were more open to new ideas and experiences.
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