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Re: Dear RIPE: Please don't encourage phishing
From: JC Dill <jcdill.lists () gmail com>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 11:12:03 -0800

On 10/02/12 10:00 AM, Jay Ashworth wrote:
Even lots of*technical*  people just don't understand what "a security-
related URL"*is*, and there's almost always no way to teach them.

Freakonomics recently aired a story about the problem of getting Doctors to follow hand hygiene rules and wash their hands as frequently as they are supposed to (upon entering and leaving each patient's room) to avoid spreading disease. One of the biggest problems with changing behavior with doctors (and with technical people) is that the smarter people are, the more they chafe at being told they aren't doing things the correct way.

The most effective step they took to counter-act the hand-washing problems was using a screen-saver on all the public terminals, showing the consequences of not-washing - an image of a petri dish showing the bacteria results from a hand-print of a doctor's hand.


If you wanted to have a similar effect at $workplace, try a similar visual (e.g. a mockup of 2 screenshots, first clicking on a link in email then typing in a password on a webpage with a phishing URL (with a typo)) as the screen saver on all company computers; as the first slide in all in-house ppt presentations; on the wall at all card-lock entry doors, etc.


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