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IDG Contributor Network: On-screen security alerts don’t work

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    Pop-up alerts on computer screens don’t work because they arrive at the wrong times, scientists say.

    Despite the popular belief—cultivated perhaps mainly by bosses—that humans can multitask, many believe they can’t. And that hypothesis may be proven, in part, by the discovery that on-screen alerts generally don’t achieve action if one is busy doing something else. The result is an increase in security vulnerabilities.

    Computer users are engrossed in tasks when the randomly timed alerts arrive, and it makes them less likely to respond.

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