Google wants everyone to take up this quiz

Google wants everyone to take up this quiz
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Google has come up with a new way to inform and educate the users about potential phishing attacks The companys Jigsaw unit has published a quiz which assesses the users whether they are able to identify the phishing emails or not

New Delhi: Google has come up with a new way to inform and educate the users about potential phishing attacks. The company's Jigsaw unit has published a quiz which assesses the users whether they are able to identify the phishing emails or not. The quiz is meant to test users’ knowledge on the basis of a series of emails and check if they can really make out whether it’s a phishing mail or not. Click here to take the quiz.

The company told in an official post, "Phishing is, by far, the most common form of cyber attack. One per cent of emails sent today are phishing attempts. And it often represents a more serious threat than the nuisance offers for free money we’ve all seen in our inboxes."

The main idea of a phishing attack is to steal passwords. Attackers send a tempting message such as free money, free gifts, bogus security alert and etc. The mail also consists of a link clicking on which will ask for the personal details and as soon as users enter the details the attacker get access to their account.

In a few cases, the phishing attack might look like a legitimate email written by someone from your contact list. These so-called “spear-phishing” attacks are often one of the first steps of larger cyber attacks, where attackers use a carefully constructed email to deceive people into entering their login credentials into a fake page.

The quiz is created by the company based on security training of nearly 10,000 journalists, activist, and political leaders from all around the globe. The company also suggests that the best way to stay protected from phishing attacks is two-factor authentication. The company told, "When you have two-factor authentication enabled, even if an attacker successfully steals your password they won’t be able to access your account. We also offer a Chrome extension called Password Alert which protects you from entering your Google password in a fake login page."

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