I have this theory that 80% of mankind are just simply stupid. As it turns out, I was both right and wrong – Right in the basic approach, wrong in the numbers unless computer users are somehow smarter than the wider masses.

The BBC reports that a study showed that malicious pop up windows fooled participants 63% of the time; even when users were made aware that false pop ups would be among those shown.

Tony Neate, managing director of the UK’s Get Safe Online campaign advised users to install a pop-up blocker.

“Browsers and most anti-virus software offers them. Pop-ups are either downloading something malicious or trying to sell me something so I just don’t want them there at all,” he said.

Right on, Tony.

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