Another phishing quiz


I don’t think that you can get enough of these things. You have to realize that while you may be getting smarter, those who would do nasty things are at least keeping pace.

Quizzes like this are a fun way to make sure that you’re on the top of your online game.

And, in the classroom, it shouldn’t be a matter of a “one and done” approach to online literacy and safety. It should be done regularly and constantly revisited to make sure that the lessons are learned and reinforced.

With that introduction, I turn you to a Phishing Quiz posted on the withgoogle site.

It doesn’t take too long to complete if you know what you’re looking for. There are eight examples to work your way through.

I like how the authors personalized it by asking for a name and email address which will appear in the questions so that it approximates what might happen in real life. The site claims this information never goes anywhere but I didn’t give out my real stuff just in case.

I am proud to say that I have been paying attention and got 8/8 on the quiz the first time through. I even did a screen capture to prove it. But, I decided to step back the ego just a bit and not include it in the post.

If you’re reading this on the Saturday morning that I post it, take five minutes and put yourself to the test.

A safety checkup


Sometimes, things just go along swimmingly and it’s possible to let your guard down. We all do it.

Here’s a quick check to see if your protection detector is in gear. Or, you might wish to use this in the classroom to raise the awareness of students.

The resource is call Safe Page from Google.

While this doesn’t cover every trick the bad guys use to try and hijack you into bad places, it does a pretty good job reviewing some of the things that you should be aware of.

The tutorial and facts page are interesting and, yes, there will be a test!

I challenge you! Of course, the tech savvy reader who visits this blog will ace the quiz.

Gone phishing


How many times have we heard that the weakest part of any security measure is the person at the keyboard?

Phishing is the name of the game and, unfortunately, the bad guys have won at this game so many times.

How many times have we warned people about emails that are designed to get you to follow links that take you to places that aren’t safe or healthy for you and/or your computer?

How do give a “safe” example?

Google’s Jigsaw has you covered with this quiz. (I used all my anti-phishing skills to make sure that the link was safe…)

So, you make up a name or an email address and that information is used to create eight examples of what phishing might look like.

The links are interactive and use the information that you’ve provided to give you some scenarios to investigate.

You get a chance to use your skills of common sense and mouse overing to investigate the various cases. The explanations after you make your choice explain things very nicely.

I found it well done and used my skills…determining whether it was phishing or legitimate. It was interesting and fun. On the first time through, I got 7/8. Uh oh. I need to up my game.