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June 2, 2009

Sonicwall.com – Free Protection For Your Inbox From E-mail Phishing

Filed under: Online Tools — Tags: — Gagan @ 1:24 am

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 or spam 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. But how can you tell the difference? Well that’s what this site is about. Formerly known as “the MailFrontier Phishing IQ Test” , this site helps you educating how you can differentiate between a fake and original e-mail.

This is done by making you undergo an IQ test and providing you a score. You can match your score and find your level of knowledge or exposure to such things. Further after the test the site will tell you the facts how you should have differentiated the fakes by logically answering the questions you faced in the test.

Also it offers a very important tip for everyone to generally differentiate between fakes and originals

1. At the bottom of each "e-mail", on the status bar, there is the URL of the active link – the one being pointed to in the e-mail. You should decide if what is displayed is "real" or fake by observing that links carefully.

This site also states some shocking facts about the monetary losses made by people all over the world and let me tell you that the total dollar loss of all phishing victims over a 1 year period (Gartner, Dec 17, 2007) is 3.6 billion dollar and the number of people who fell victims to phishing scams over that same 1 year period (Gartner, Dec 17, 2007) are 3.2 million.

Thus this site seriously makes an effort to save this world from this huge problem by imparting knowledge in a very easy and interesting ways.

sonicwall

Our Rating 3.5/5 | Visit http://www.sonicwall.com/phishing/index.html

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