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Can you identify a Phishing Email?

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Can you identify a Phishing Email?

Google’s Jigsaw unit, an experimental incubator project within Google that’s aimed at tackling broad geopolitical problems in the tech space, recently published a quiz that tests users’ abilities to identify phishing emails. The quiz tests you on a series of emails to see if you can distinguish telltale signs of phishing.  Phishing is, by far, the most common form of cyber attack as 1% of emails sent today are phishing attempts.


In total, there are eight examples that Google tests you on, some representing legitimate emails and others phishing scams. Many of the examples are actually based on real events. After each email, Google explains how to tell the signs, often by hovering over URLs to check where they lead and checking the spelling of email addresses. Malicious users often try to send emails that have URLs containing the names of companies like Google or Dropbox, but there will usually be some sort of giveaway that the links point to somewhere more nefarious.


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