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1/23/2019
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Google Creates Online Phishing Quiz

Google Alphabet incubator Jigsaw says knowing how to spot a phish plus two-factor authentication are the best defenses against falling for a phishing email.

Jigsaw, Google Alphabet's incubator subsidiary, has launched a free online phishing quiz so users can test how well they can spot a malicious email message.

Justin Henck, Jigsaw product manager, said in a blog post today that the quiz was created from security training the company has held with 10,000 journalists, activists, and political leaders worldwide. "We've studied the latest techniques attackers use, and designed the quiz to teach people how to spot them," he said in the post.

Google considers two-factor authentication the best way to protect against phishing, he said. "When you have two-factor authentication enabled, even if an attacker successfully steals your password they won't be able to access your account," Henck said. "We also offer a Chrome extension called Password Alert that protects you from entering your Google password in a fake login page."

Take the Google Phishing Quiz here.

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Elephant man
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Elephant man,
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11/27/2019 | 3:49:06 PM
Last example is bad advice
The last example in the quiz states "you should click the applications link to ensure any additional information seems correct"....that is 100% WRONG - sorry google! Shame on you, that is awful...
ThomasMaloney
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ThomasMaloney,
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2/14/2019 | 9:10:48 PM
It's not all that easy
I think we need a lot more than quizzes to educate people on what exactly and attack on their security systems is going to look like. Honestly at the rate that these emails and hacks are coming out you would think that people would know better, but there are still plenty of people who are swindled every day!
REISEN1955
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REISEN1955,
User Rank: Ninja
2/11/2019 | 9:07:42 AM
Re: Great first step
I'll try two factor again on my account - worked well on web but Outlook hated it.
EdwardThirlwall
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2/11/2019 | 1:18:43 AM
Safety needs measures
Other platforms ought to learn a thing or two from the security experts so as to prevent data breaches in their firms as well. It usually starts small but a simple hack could cause an entire site to shut down for good. Following the footsteps of Google with their 2-factors authentication would mean a much more tedious step for users but at the end of the day, they would appreciate their confidential data being kept safe.
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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1/23/2019 | 4:00:06 PM
Great first step
I like the progress that Google is making to train users on potential nefarious actions. I'm going to take this myself and if it turns out to be effective I'm going to try and echo it through the security community.
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