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How can I educate myself about Phishing Attempts (attempts to steal my personal information/passwords)?

*Websites linked below are outside of Owens.edu but are safe.


Chances are that in the past week you've received an e-mail in your inbox that pretends to be from your bank, e-commerce vendor, or other on-line site. Hopefully you've realized that many times this e-mail is fake - a phishing e-mail. The sender (phisher) of these fake e-mails wants you to click on the link in the e-mail and go to a phishing Web site which will look just like the Web site of the company being phished. Once on the phishers Web site they hope to obtain your account, financial, credit and even identity information. Of course not every e-mail you receive is a phish. In fact you should expect your bank or e-commerce vendor to send you legitimate e-mail.

Ever wonder how good you are at telling the difference between a legitimate Web site or e-mail and one that's a phishing attempt?

Take one of two or both phishing quizzes online to see if you can outsmart the scammers.

OpenDNS Phishing Quiz

Take this quiz to find out.

But how can you tell the difference? Well that's what the Phishing IQ test is all about - give it a try.

SonicWALL Phishing IQ Test