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The reality is millions of people still fall for sketchy emails daily. According to the Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report, phishing was involved in 70% of data breaches last year.

Yesterday it was released that Jigsaw, with Google, has developed an 8-question quiz to help you and I learn how to spot what’s real and what’s not when it comes to phishing attempts.

Phishing is about stealing your data, your passwords in order to gain access to your account or to trick you into installing malware. Simple phishing attempts might claim to offer free money, notify you of a fake security alert or let you know your ‘prince charming’ is waiting to be rescued from a faraway land.

Most sophisticated attacks, however, tend to look a lot more realistic impersonating someone you may actually know (your bank for example or some other service provider). This is commonly referred to as ‘spear-phishing’. The most famous of cases in recent history was in 2016 when Russian hackers successfully created a ‘spear-phishing’ email and sent it to John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager.

Because he didn’t have Two Factor Authentication enabled, they were able to gain access to his email accounts.

Don’t be John Podesta!

So what can you do:

  1. Enable Two Factor Authentication. This basically provides a way of ‘double checking’ that you are really the person you are claiming to be. You may have already received emails from any number of online subscriptions or services prompting you to activate this feature. Do this and do it now! Entering that pesky text message or verification code every time you forget your password, may just save you from becoming another phishing victim.
  2. Learn how to spot a phishing attempt. It’s not always easy, but common sense and education will help! This quiz might just give you some heads up on how sneaky these guys are.

At the end of the day, if something looks odd, doesn’t feel right or is claiming to make you a billionaire, immediately ignore and delete it. We think this quiz is a great opportunity to learn and help keep yourself safe online.

Take the test now!

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