Thursday, November 19, 2009

Phishing?


You may or may not have heard about "phishing."  These scams find ways to get you to a page that looks like the login to a financial institution or other site where knowing your credentials can benefit them in some way. Many times the "hook" comes in the form of an e-mail that appears to be from a trusted source. Also in the e-mail is a call to click a link to go to a site that is made to look like the one you know.

The link below will take you to a site where you can take a "phishing" quiz.  Take the quiz, see how you do and then talk about how you did.

 http://www.sonicwall.com/phishing/

Hopefully this will keep you from getting "hooked" in the future!  Have a great weekend.

25 comments:

Dustin Ross said...

I got an 8 out of 10... pretty good seeing how I've never got an e-mail like this. I think phishing isn't all that hard to detect. Just look at the sender's email address, if they address it to you personally, if they say your account number on it, and maybe even if the links or the site the email came from is secure. Http or https are not secure domains. But thanks to the phishers, it makes the world that much more frustrating.

Robert Binder said...

I ran through the quiz and got a 50%. When I reviewed over the correct answers I found notable flaws in the 'phishing' emails. Would I examine the emails I get now for credit checks and the like, I doubt I would have noticed a legit or 'phishing' one. This blog and quiz has raised my awareness of these kinds of scams.

Britany said...

When i took the quiz i got a 60%. I thought some of the phishing examples were somewhat easy to identify, while other were not. Some of the examples i really wasn't sure if they were phishing examples or real examples.

Ron said...

i got a 70% and i thought while taking it i was doing very good. But really there are a lot of things that could show that an email is fake that i didn't know.

Kasey on November 20, 2009 at 8:58 AM said...

When I took the quiz I got a 60%. After looking back at the things I got wrong I realized all the mistakes and flaws I didn't catch. Sometimes when I read, I don't actually read the word. I look at the first two letters and already pick up what it is saying. This is bad for me, because sometimes in order to catch the mistakes, you have to be able to focus on the whole word. I just am glad that I haven't got an email that was believable enough.

Caitlin Wilson on November 20, 2009 at 9:21 AM said...

I got an 9 out of 10 which is REALLY surprising to me. I have never received any e-mails like that. I don't know if phishing is hard to detect or not. The way I answered was if there was an actual name at the bottom is a scam.

Paige Stevens on November 20, 2009 at 11:04 AM said...

I got a 6 out of 10.. And I guess I don't even think about it being a phishing email. I know I've gotten them before, but I actually didn't know what it's called. I think I could have done better with this if I would have looked through them better.

kyle eby said...

I got a 60, not horrible since i've never got one of these before. i think some of them are easy to figure out then others some are very well put together. but still not horrible.

Misty on November 20, 2009 at 11:16 AM said...

I got a 7 out of 10. Which is fairly good but I couldn't really tell what from what. It's difficult to tell which is which unless you read the email thoroughly.

Douglas on November 20, 2009 at 11:22 AM said...

I got 10 out of 10. There are people who always just send me junk e-mail. The people would just want me to put my credit card up or try to trick me to put my give my credit card to them. I usually can tell which is real and which is not. I am used to reading the e-mail to see if it is real or not.

Shaleena's Blog on November 20, 2009 at 12:48 PM said...

I got 4 out of 10. It was hard for me to tell which ones were fake and the ones who were real. In my e-mail i dont get to much fake stuff.

Darik Fox said...

I got a 7 out of 10. I thought i was doing better than that while taking it but when i finished it showed me that there a lot more ways to point out the flaws in the phishing sites.

Kelsey Mundhenke on November 20, 2009 at 12:48 PM said...

I got an 80% on the quiz. I thought it was really hard, the phishing ones look real. The ones that I knew were legitimate were the ones that didn't ask for any credit card information. Otherwise, the e-mails that wanted all this information is obviously a fraud.

Ice's frozen pics on November 20, 2009 at 12:49 PM said...

6/10: they are somewhat easy to divide between the two. Some of them hard to tell.

Markus' Blog! on November 20, 2009 at 12:52 PM said...

I got 7 out of 10 what really surprised me, I thought I would recognize almost all of the phishing mails. Phishing is harder to detect than I thought and this showed me that I should read bank e mails twice.

Demi said...

I got an 80 percents and it was kind of obvious it was fake when they spelled things wrong and forgot commas.

Michael Drobny said...

I got a 6 out of 10. I missed ones that I should have got right if I would have looked closer. I think it would be easier to pick the phishing ones out of your own email, because you would have a better idea if you should be getting mail from the places.

Eric B said...

When i took this quiz i got a 60%. i can see the minor things i looked over that could get you into alot of trouble with this type of email.

Erin Gotschall on November 20, 2009 at 1:02 PM said...

I got a 7 out of 10. I thought it was kind of hard to figure out what was fake on some of them. When there was improper grammar I had a pretty good idea it wasn't legitimate. There's a lot of things to look at when seeing if the email is fake or not which is good to learn.

Kalynn H . said...

i got a 4 out of 10 which is probably better than what i thought i would get . It's hard to tell weather it's fake or real . The fake ones make it look like a real email that you just want to respond to it . i dont know maybe its just me .

Kevin Zakrzewski on November 22, 2009 at 10:22 AM said...

I got a 9/10 on the quiz. I have two credit cards and buy things fair frequently online, but I have never been phished before. We just got through dealing with fraudulent charges on my brother's old credit card, and it was a pain. But anyway, I think most of it is just common sense. I never click on links in emails out of principal - if PayPal wants me to change my information, I'll just go to PayPal's site and log in rather than using their login link.

Matt M said...

I got a 70% on the test. After going back and reviewing what gave the phishing e-mails and the legitimate e-mails their differences I realized that it is actually pretty easy to tell. I know if i receive a notice in my inbox telling me to input my personal info that I will be looking to make sure it is legit or not. This quiz has really help me to pick out the fakes.

Anahi P on December 2, 2009 at 11:41 AM said...

I know I got some of those massages in my e-mail and I never though they were phishing emails. From now on every time I get an email like that I'm going to check it over and over again to make sure they ain't phishing emails.

Anahi P on December 2, 2009 at 11:41 AM said...

I know I got some of those massages in my e-mail and I never though they were phishing emails. From now on every time I get an email like that I'm going to check it over and over again to make sure they ain't phishing emails.

Douglas stahlecker said...

well that was a weird test i guess i just don't trust any thing because i said a lot were phishing, but they were actually rel and the real ones i agreed with i got right so i guess i just don't trust it at all wen i get information regarding that stuff

 

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