Users Ignore Pop-up Warnings, Study Shows

Kara Reeder

Pop-up warnings are not effective, according to a study by the Department of Psychology at North Carolina State University. reports that over half of the participants clicked "OK" on the boxes. Twenty-three percent of participants said that they did this with any pop-up, while 40 percent admitted that they just wanted to get rid of the box as soon as possible.


Dark Reading says researchers suggest one way vendors can get users to pay more attention to pop-up warnings is to create noticeable and "unique" features in their error messages.

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