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Fitness tracker technology ‘could help thwart cyber attacks’

Fitness tracker technology ‘could help thwart cyber attacks’ (New Cyber Technologies)

Technology used in fitness trackers could hold the key to reducing cyber attacks, researchers say.The team, from the University of Bath and Goldsmiths, University of London, are investigating a device that plugs into a computer.It would signal when action – such as changing a password or updating anti-virus software – is needed with sound, lights and vibration. Future uses could include alerts when an employee is using a work computer for activities such as social media or shopping.Dr Emily Collins, research associate at the University of Bath’s School of Management, said: “Humans are the weak link in cyber security. Our project recognises that people can respond to a gentle, well-timed nudge and is investigating the most effective way of doing that “We know that people feel overloaded with data breaches reported in the news and overwhelmed about what they should be doing to protect themselves.“Many of us know we’re not on top of security, but translating that nagging worry into positive action just isn’t happening.

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