Thursday, November 13, 2008

Will you take the bait?


"Phishing" is defined as the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

See how much you know about "phishing" by taking this quiz below and then blogging about what you find out about how much you know...or don't know.

28 comments:

~*~ JaCqUeLiNe ~*~ on November 14, 2008 at 9:18 AM said...

When I took the quiz I got a 50%, woohoo! Go Me! Anyways, when I was taking this my reasoning that I tried that was obviously wrong was that if there was some of your own personal information or a link then it was legitimate. Well I guessed wrong. When I clicked on the why part and the end on the test after taking the quiz, one common thing I noticed was that if it is addressed to you personally then it is real. If your name is not at the beginning then it is fake.

Liz on November 14, 2008 at 9:27 AM said...

I didn't do very well on the quiz. Some phishing emails look fake, but some look very real. It's kind of tricky when they put logos on the email it makes it look that much more credible. I'm sure when most people see a logo they don't think twice about it being a scam. One thing to look for is if it says your name in the email. If it does then it is probably real.

Kelsie N. said...

I also got a 50% on the quiz. It was really hard to identify which was phishing and which was legitimate. When I clicked on the way at the end, it said to watch for the URL address, and it usually has a cut and paste URL address to click on if it is legitimate. I personally haven't received any phishing emails to my email address. It was confusing when they put the border name of the company at the top, it made it look very real. I hadn't even heard of phishing, but now I will have to look out for those kinds of emails.

Issy said...

Well, im not stupid but i did get a 40% so who knows.Ehh..I do know some stuff about it but im not at all concerned it will happen to me.Kind of a common sense thing.

YaMiii said...

i got a 50 percent
i not surprised because i actually don't know much about this.
and i won;t worry about it 'till i get a bit older!

Molly W. said...

Ok I took the quiz. Didnt do so hot, but I guess my thought on this whole ordeal is that you cant trust these technology things at all. I would just call the company and see if it was legit, and talk to a "real" person. Not just taking a chance that its real. That is my thoughts on it anyways.

Ashley said...

After taking the test i seen that I only missed one. The thing that gets me is that people normally don't want all of their credit card information over the internet, or they don't want their tax information on their. Even though I have changed my email address and done everything I can I still get justs as much spam mail as I do actually emails from my friends. I think that some people don't really pay attention to what they get and who it is from. This is where they get into trouble with everything they do.

Britany G. said...

On the quiz i got a 70 percent. I didn't really know that much about how to tell if a e-mail was fake or not, but just taking time to look at the e-mails some i could tell easier then others. Some things i seen in them is that if they had a "click here" then they were fake. Also, if they didn't have your name they were also fake.

Justine said...

Well i can say right now that when i get those kinds of e-mails i dont understand them so i just delete them. i missed quiet a few so maybe i should start looking at them more often. The thing is i dont have credit cards and i dont plan on getting any. All they are is trouble. I dont believe in them but thats just my opinion. I just dont understand why people send us that junk.

Brett on November 14, 2008 at 11:24 AM said...

I thought I would ace it and I didn't...sadface...I got an 80% but I also learned some valuable information about phishing that I either didn't know or didn't listen to Mr. Peterson close enough in PC Repair class...sorry =D.

Anyhow I learned one thing in particular, if an email addresses you as "Dear Member" or "Dear Valued Customer" then they are probably not legitimate and then sender is probably a phisher.

I knew a lot about phishing already, mainly that it's illegal and that there are whole government organizations against the institution of phishing for poor unsuspecting people.

I have gotten phishing emails before, just the other day I found out about a relative I never knew I had! (not for real, he was fake)...appearantly he was my great grandfathers step-brother and wanted to give me some money that my great grandfather had left me, 10,000 dollars to be exact! (sounds good eh? wrong!)

The only thing I had to do was to send him a payment through paypal, through a link he provided me! (so generous of him right?) he lived in Nigeria or something but my great grandfather lived in Germany and moved to America in 1943, so it doesn't really fit that his brother lived in Nigeria...also my great grandfather was an only child...that wasn't a hard decision to delete...well I deleted after I sent back a rude email >=)

Phishing is EVERYWHERE!! If you shop on Amazon, Newegg, Ebay, have a credit card, or even have online banking you're going to get phished at least once, just don't get gutted and fried (mmm fried fish...)

If you do get a phishing email there are tools to report a phisher through Microsoft's website (not sure about Apple). Also most email and web browsers have "phishing philters" now that you can filter our phishing websites (or get warned). Hotmail actually doesn't let you open links in some emails until you mark them as "safe" because of the phishing...and it's very protective, it wouldn't let me open a link from Angel until I marked it as "safe."

As a word of advice: If you get an email or link in your email that sounds suspicious and your not sure if it's phishing, Google the first line or two of the message, usually phishers will use the same email and just edit parts to make it relevant to you...

So that's about all for now, just remember, phishing is bad mmkay?
On the other hand, FISHING is good...

NICK said...

I'm not really much about phishing.
But in my opinion I think it's a bad thing to illegal on the internet.
We need to be careful on using an internet. do not give your informations to anyone. God bless you
Aman...

Kimberly on November 14, 2008 at 12:41 PM said...

When I took the quiz I go a 60%. I thought I had done a lot better than what I really did. Most of those ads looked so real. Especially the ones with logos. They all seemed legit so I guess I wouldn't know if I was entering my info into a phishing scam or not. Kinda scary.

Angelea M. said...

Some of the emails were very difficult to decipher which one was legit and a scam. I received a 50% on the quiz, so that shows me that I don't know how to tell the difference between the two very well. It is so easy now-a-days to get someones personal information and easy to give it out with knowing. I heard on the
TV that some people were going to websites to watch a repeat of Obama's acceptance's speech on election night, and on this particula website if you logged onto it, it took all your information like usernames and passwords. It just makes you think twice about the sites you go on.

Will M. said...

I learned a lot by taking the quiz. I did not do very good but realized some phishing sites can look very real and legitimate. The main thing I learned that is if the email is not directly addressed to you theres a good chance it could be a fake. Also if the email has a legitimate looking logo that means nothing to as if its real or fake.

Ashley b. said...

Well I don't know anything about phishing. That is weird that people can send you stuff that it isn't even true. You just have to watch what you are doing anymore because you can get in more trouble that you can imagine.

Ramon said...

how about you just don't use links from your email? and if you think its suspicious try and reply to them.... usually or sometimes the big companies or something lets you reply if not send a tele number and you can talk to them then...

Shaylee T said...

I only missed one of the quiz. I looked for the emails that had a link for you to update information on it, if it had one it was usually a fake. I've never heard of phishing before this. I think I have got these emails before.

Jacob george said...

I don't have anything on the internet that involves my money info or ss number or nothing i have signed up for that sends me emails about my stuff so i don't need to worry at the moment. but yeah some of the emails you get can look real but even if they are real i still send rude things back so they usually either think im interested and send more emails or they read it and found out what i said and don't send anymore emails.

kacey said...

Even though a got a 70% i dont think im very educated when it comes to this. and thats kinda a scary thought. The things i learned from this is to check the addy its coming from and the one you are supposed to respond to. also if its addressed to you and uses your name. you can also tell just by if they use XXXXXX for account numbers.

Jordan McCray said...

I got a 60 when i took the quiz. Some of the emails look fake and some look real. Some were hard to decide whether they were real or wrong. Whe n i get junk email that's not from someone i no i just delete it. I'm not too worried about getting these emails.

Brook Schultz said...

Well I didnt do very well. I dont really check my email very often and when I do i dont read emais unless they are from someone i know, and even if i know them i usually delete them anyway.

melissa s said...

so yeah i got a 60% on there so yeah..i guess there is not a real big difference on those scams. people just need to watch on where they give there information out like that. personally if i don't know who is sending it to me i dont open it.

Taylor L. said...

I took the quiz and got a 50%. Most of the phishing emails looked so legitimate, especially the ones with logos, i would have never guessed they were a scam.

keshia said...

I got a 60%..I think that I missed some because some of them already had information so I thought that it was ok.

Trevor D said...

I got the same score as Jacqueline, I got a 50. Not so good I know. All I can say is that I'm not a computer person that much. But I saved my test results so I can look at it later and study up on it. I do not phishing obviously..actually who would like it ? I can tell if emails are fake if they are extremely fake but other than that no I can't

KAITLYNN K said...

I took the quiz but I didn't do very well. I am glad that I don't get these types of e-mails, I think its important to be able to recognize and to know that it does happen.

Sutech 911 on November 24, 2008 at 1:16 PM said...

Well I achieved a 90%. It wasn't too hard to determine phishing from legitimate, you just have to pay close attention to the details. More phishing emails than legitimate ones, have attachments for download or direct links.

They make a good point with the paying close attention to fine details. The beginning portion of a link may be right, but what about the rest of it? Confirming parts of the email with things you know to be legit.

I think I am safe.

Kylee Peterson said...

I got a 50% when I took the quiz. What I was looking at was the content of the e-mail if there were any spelling errors I deemed it as "phishing". It's scary to think that these e-mails look so realistic and believable!

 

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