You've been warned: an empirical study of the effectiveness of web browser phishing warnings

@inproceedings{Egelman2008YouveBW,
  title={You've been warned: an empirical study of the effectiveness of web browser phishing warnings},
  author={Serge Egelman and Lorrie Faith Cranor and Jason I. Hong},
  booktitle={CHI},
  year={2008}
}
Many popular web browsers are now including active phishing warnings after previous research has shown that passive warnings are often ignored. In this laboratory study we examine the effectiveness of these warnings and examine if, how, and why they fail users. We simulated a spear phishing attack to expose users to browser warnings. We found that 97% of our sixty participants fell for at least one of the phishing messages that we sent them. However, we also found that when presented with the… CONTINUE READING
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