Recognizing schematic emails designed to steal your password or trick you into installing malicious software can be the most important cybersecurity skill you can learn.
People fall into phishing emails every day. In fact, phishing was involved in 70% of the violations last year, according to the Verizon data breach investigation report. And despite efforts to spread awareness, phishing is still working. Almost 11% of people receiving phishing email fall into it, according to the Cofense Internet Security Company.
The Alphabet Jigsaw subsidiary, however, has just released a quiz that hopes to teach people how to recognize phishing emails.
There is even an example inspired by the emails that led Hillary Clinton's campaign manager and veteran Republican politician Colin Powell to give their passwords to Russian hackers.
As an experienced cyber security reporter, I love to believe that my paranoid levels are quite high, so I have to be very good at finding phishing emails. But even I was not perfect: I correctly identified seven of the eight emails.
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For people who are not so well trained and accustomed to being vigilant, as well as me, this test is a great opportunity to learn. After each answer in the test, it explains what characters you should look to find out whether the email is legitimate or malicious.
And Jigsaw's fame to include an example inspired by Google snafu, where the company sent a confusing Gmail security alert that looked like phishing, and a massive Google Doc worm that hit about one million users.
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