Phishing is a type of fraud where bad person try to acquire your sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity such as your bank, your social network, etc. You can find more formal definition and technical information regarding phishing on wikipedia.
Test how safe you are from phishing attack…
More about phishing is posted below, but first take “fighting phishing” test by paypal. Its free and you don’t need any paypal account to take the that test.
It just asks you 5 simple question and if you can answer all of them right then you don’t need to read further! Although most questions uses paypal in its name, they are equally true with all major social networks, banks and other portals. So go for test without any hesitation!
Now hopefully you are done with test, let me give you 2 simple examples of phishing via email…
- You get an email from your favorite social network with from email id like [email protected], saying we are deleting inactive users as part of our annual maintenance program. In case you want to retain you account, please verify your account by visiting http://www.facebook.com/verify
- You get an email from your bank with from email id [email protected], alerting you about an attempt to hack your account. As money is involved, you get panic! On next line, they say something like verify your account, blah blah! Again they give a link like http://www.icicibank.com/verify.
In both cases, from email address and target of links are forged! You can click on above facebook or icici links and see where it takes you! 😉
By the way, do let us know your score and any doubts you have against this rapidly growing scam on internet! Just for info, I scored 5/5! 😛
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