How phishing savvy are you?

Phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication, and is typically carried out by e-mail or instant messaging.

We have all received al least one phishing e-mail in our life (and the great majority a lot, lot more). Are we able to tell the difference between a genuine and a phishing e-mail? Have you ever been tricked into giving up your personal information?

To avoid learning about it the hard way, SonicWall has on their website a rather handy Phishing and Spam IQ Quiz. They give you 10 examples, you have to decide which are legitimate and which are not. After you finish the quiz, you can check each of the examples for clarification so you can learn what to look for in an e-mail and detect a phishing attempt directed your way.

Also, to expand your knowledge about this type of fraud, you can check out the current phishing trends and rogue Facebook phishing applications.

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