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Simple device may help protect your online data, privacy

A simple device that functions like exercise and fitness apps may nudge people to change their passwords and better protect their online privacy and data, scientists say. Over the last five years, the cost of cyberattacks is reported to have risen by 67 per cent, with the majority of these data breaches being traced back to human error, said researchers from the University of Bath in the UK. Taking inspiration from exercise and fitness apps that successfully nudge people to make behavioural change, researchers are investigating whether a simple device that plugs in to a PC and signals when action is needed with gentle sound, lights or vibration could make the difference. Humans are the weak link in cyber security, said Emily Collins, Research Associate at the University of Bath. We know that people feel overloaded with data breaches reported in the news and overwhelmed about what they should be doing to protect themselves, Collins said. The researchers hope the project will help ..

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