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Nearly 50% of people picked up dropped willing USB plug into your computer, you have it?

Sometimes curiosity go the limit will be the cause for many problems of personal security.

In the era of smart mobile technology and internet connectivity thrive, the USB drive is no longer becomes useful as many years ago. However, they are still an indispensable device for storing personal data and take it easy for you.

Because of that, when people see a USB because someone dropped on the floor, many questions will be asked. Whether we should not pick it up? Consider the data in it and then return all of them? Does anyone care about the software is capable of intrusion into your computer ?. Despite the possible problems when faced with this situation, a new study has shown that the USB drive was dropped in public places will certainly be someone to see and pick up.

A survey team from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has 297 USB drive around campus in places like parking, lobby, classrooms, a library and a cafe. They find that more than half of USB then be used in a particular computer and most (about 98%) will be picked up from the initial drop position.

To trace the people who picked them up and use, the team saved a HTML document inside the USB drive and "disguise" them with names such as "document", "math" or " photos winter break. " When someone discovers this file on your hard drive and try to open them to a computer with an internet connection, the researchers will know it.

Surprisingly, despite the opening of such a random file of potential risk to users and computers, 45% of the people who pick up the USB did so (about 135 people). It is estimated that the number of those using the USB drive and plug it into the computer even higher because the researchers can only identify the user opens the HTML file, or the computer with internet connection at a time measuring point.

We may see them as people who like snooping into other people's stories and can not refrain from considering the personal data? Not really.

When people open the HTML file on the USB drive, they are informed of the experiment (which they are accidentally engaged) and was invited to complete a survey. This is an opportunity for them to provide some information about yourself and explain what had motivated them to pick up and use a USB stick.

Fewer than half of the people decided to continue in the trial, but about 43% have given their opinion. The majority of respondents (68%) say they want to return the USB to their owners, while 18% admitted that they are curious about the information in the USB. Even, there are 2 people who picked them simply because they need a USB.

Some of the USB is attached to key chains, many participants said, it is motivation they want to return the USB key because there is no home will lead to more trouble for their actual employer.

However, the study also found that people with good intentions still do not restrain their curiosity when they try to open a personal pictures inside the drive. You can quibble that individuals see things like that help you find easily their master; but if you really have the intention to do so, the opening of the file as the profile will give you their personal information, not photos.

The research results will be published next month in the conference on security and privacy in California. The report will also discuss the issue of insecurity and the potential risks if a user opens the file in the device strangers of unknown origin.

Approximately 2/3 of respondents admitted that they do not have any precautions when connecting the device to the computer. "I trust my Macbook, and we have good anti-virus capabilities," one of the participants answered, while others opened the computer file at the school to protect the personal device they.

"We need to understand the unfathomable tricks of network attacks, the development of technology more advanced prevention and educate users about these risks."

Expert group leader Matt Tischer talk to Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai about these experiments although sounding very funny, it was pointed out that people, for whatever reason, are not vigilant when open strange files in the device so derelict.



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