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Quiz: Google tests your ability to spot phishing attempts

By Polycount · 15 replies
Jan 22, 2019
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  1. If you're a TechSpot regular, the chances are good that you've seen dozens (if not hundreds) of scammy emails over the years.

    Whether they come in the form of irresistible offers from Nigerian princes or fake password reset emails, spam and phishing messages have become easily-ignored white noise for many of us. However, less tech-savvy individuals fall victim to these sorts of scams all the time. Given how legitimate many such emails appear upon first glance, it's not hard to see why that's the case.

    As part of an ongoing attempt to better educate less-informed internet users about these scams, Google subsidiary Jigsaw has rolled out a new quiz designed to test your ability to spot phishing attempts.

    After entering your name and email (which can be fake), Jigsaw's quiz will give you eight email examples. Each example will include two answer choices -- "Legitimate" and "Phishing" -- at the top, along with some context information to help you make your decision.

    Below those buttons, you'll see a snippet of an email along with all of the information you need to decide whether or not it's a phishing attempt. Some of the red flags you'll see are suspicious email addresses and spoofed URLs.

    Whether you spot these discrepancies or not, Jigsaw's quiz will display some helpful on-screen prompts to draw your attention to them after you make your choice. Despite believing I'd pass the quiz with flying colors, I managed to let one scam slip by me, earning me an imperfect 7/8 score.

    As such, even if you're a tech enthusiast it's probably worth taking the quiz for yourself. At worst, you'll learn nothing and walk away with a helpful educational tool you can send to friends or family. At best, you'll be able to better identify one or two new types of scams in the future.

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  2. techseven

    techseven TS Enthusiast Posts: 28   +22

    The link to the quiz links to this article...
    jobeard, Humza, Julio Franco and 2 others like this.
  3. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +403

    You ve been played
    techseven and Julio Franco like this.
  4. gusticles41

    gusticles41 TS Guru Posts: 403   +466

    Eldritch, Julio Franco and ShagnWagn like this.
  5. Cubi Dorf

    Cubi Dorf TS Booster Posts: 145   +51

    I don’t trust any email. Assuming it all phish.
    barca1au, ShagnWagn and seeprime like this.
  6. ckm88

    ckm88 TS Addict Posts: 166   +119

    Now I don't trust this article! :eek:
    techseven likes this.
  7. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 8,247   +1,268

    Now fixed :D
    ckm88 and techseven like this.
  8. Polycount

    Polycount TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,762   +387

    Weird. It was working when I published, but it was re-scheduled at some point and something seemed to have broken.

    I've fixed it, regardless. Thanks for the heads-up.
    techseven likes this.
  9. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 731   +561

    I got 7/8, but the one I "missed" was on the side of caution. I would never let an app have access to my email. That is jacked up someone/company who wrote an app would even want that. No thanks.
    barca1au, jpuroila and Eldritch like this.
  10. Bats Dude

    Bats Dude TS Rookie Posts: 26

    When you consider that Googoo is the BIGGEST spyware/data farmer in the entire world, just who is so stupid as to let them farm anything on their own systems?
  11. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,565   +551

    There was one I got that could get anyone. But I will not repeat it or the details. No it did not get me and I will not say why as that could hint to its content.
  12. Eldritch

    Eldritch TS Addict Posts: 128   +125

    Lol, exactly same result.
    My takeaway from this is that Google is trying to legitmize that sharing of emails to third parties is OK and you are wrong if you are alarmed by that.
    barca1au and ShagnWagn like this.
  13. Bubbajim

    Bubbajim TechSpot Staff Posts: 680   +660

    So long, and thanks for all the phish.
    Cycloid Torus and techseven like this.
  14. techseven

    techseven TS Enthusiast Posts: 28   +22

    I knew something was phisy
    Polycount likes this.
  15. lazer

    lazer TS Addict Posts: 237   +57

    Never follow links in emails.
    once I got a email from 'amazon' that my purchase of a violin would be delivered to my home in some far away place. My first thought was what? let me cancel it by clicking on this link, but instead I opened my browser went to Amazon and there was no record of any such purchase.

    so I NEVER click on any email link.
  16. gusticles41

    gusticles41 TS Guru Posts: 403   +466

    Can't really tell that to my company's Accounting team that needs to open multiple Docusign links in a day. But as a personal user, sure.

    Knowing the difference between a Hyperlink and a URL is VERY important.

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