Are you a Phishing Ninja or a Phishing Pole? well in this day and cyber-age it has become a very major issue in that criminal gangs now find it much easier to try and steal your personal information to allow access to your Bank account etc. than to come rob your home.
Phishing is one such way that they try this and at times if you are unsuspecting or a novice to the perils of the internet age this can be very difficult to know if a website is real or not.
OpenDNS have a quick test to see if you can spot the Phishing (fake) from the Real website of many a company you may use. Click the link below to take the test.
Here is my result below, yeah I’m a sneeky silent Ninja!!
but then I do have knowledge of what Phishing websites look like and how to tell them apart from genuine sites, a few tips are below.
Your bank, Financial, Shopping sites will not send you emails asking for you to verify or re-enter your username or password.
Companies like Microsoft will not email you to say your PC is not up to date or has malware/virus.
Check the website address in and email by hovering over it with your mouse and if its not the same as your normal websites then its not real, and if its in the form of an IP address (22.214.171.124) as an example then defiantly do not click.
Check the email address that sent you this email, is it actually from the company or not, as an example this is one I was sent from the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today.
Note that the email address in the senders position is not the same as the one to reply too, which looks genuine but is not, so if you do get one of these emails but are a non-US citizen then delete, if you are a US citizen its worth letting the actual phishing side of the IRS know and email is HERE on this page.
So best practice is to double check any emails that are asking for finance details and user name and passwords via phone, in person or to the actual companies fraud, phishing customer service dept.
More info on how to spot a Phishing attempt from Microsoft HERE