Phishing emails are a continuing threat in today's society—this study aimed to unpeel the layers on why certain people are prone to phishing emails than others. Participants were presented with twenty legitimate emails as well as twenty phishing emails in random order and were asked to be phishing or not. They were also asked to explain why they chose the answer they believed was right in a couple of sentences. Data was compiled and collected via a Qualtrics survey and analyzed using JASP. Results obtained indicated little to no correlation between the number of features mentioned in the study and classifying and email accuracy as phishing. Studies like this help understand the cognitive constructs that lead to people unknowingly falling in traps set out by phishers and what prompts susceptible victims to think such emails are legitimate rather than seeing the dangers behind them.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Sciences
Thomas, Oshin T., "Applying Usability Methods to Categorization of Phishing Emails" (2021). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 941.