The Google phishing quiz shows users a range of email scenarios and asks them to identify if the message is real or an attempt at phishing.
The Google phishing quiz is designed to teach internet users how to identify emails created to trick them into giving up personal information or downloading viruses to their devices.
Created by Google subsidiary Jigsaw, the eight-question quiz shows users a range of different email scenarios. It then asks people to identify if the message is real or an attempt at phishing.
What is phishing?
The term refers to hackers attempting to get hold of valuable personal information by disguising themselves as trustworthy entities in communications.
“Identifying phishing can be harder than you think. Phishing is an attempt to trick you into giving up your personal information by pretending to be someone you know. Can you tell what’s fake?” the message on the quiz home page says.
The quiz walks users through different methods used to try and trick recipients into clicking malicious links. This includes URL and email addresses that look similar to those of real services. The quiz encourages users to be “especially cautious” if they don’t know the sender.
After answering each question, the website shows users a range of tips on how to spot fake or malicious emails.
Phishing scams are one of the most common forms of cyber attack. They are often sent out in large waves by hackers hopeful of tricking users into clicking a link to a fake website. Unwary users are then prompted to enter personal information such as passwords and financial details, which are then gathered by the hackers.