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7/27/2016
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7 Ways To Charm Users Out of Their Passwords

While the incentives have changed over time, it still takes remarkably little to get users to give up their passwords.
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Milk Chocolate or Dark?

As any social engineer will affirm, you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. The chocolate-for-passwords stunt has been replicated numerous times in the last 20 years; in a 2004 test, more than 70% revealed their computer password for a chocolate bar; more unsettling, 34% volunteered it with no bribe at all. Subsequent variants on the chocolate offer have turned up psychological insights around fair play and reciprocity. Research unveiled earlier this year by the University of Luxembourg showed that if chocolate was only given out afterwards, 30% of participants revealed their passwords, but if received beforehand, 44% shared their password.

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RyanSepe
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7/31/2016 | 9:40:09 PM
Re: Your data is my data
As nice as it would be if your optimism turned out true, unfortunately I've seen more of the latter to be true. I've seen first hand people who could care less about Information Security only take an interest after they've had an event that affected them. I wish more people would make use of the old addage, a smart person learns from their mistakes but a brilliant person learns from others.
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8/1/2016 | 11:40:42 AM
Any more recent data on these surveys?
I noticed most of these surveys are 10 years old , do you have any more recent data , to see if attitudes have changed?  In general I agree most non technical users are lax about their security and PI , they have no idea how bad it really is ......
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8/2/2016 | 2:01:43 PM
Printing
When are you guys going to fix the print option so that it prints entire articles?
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