Alphabet made a quiz to help you detect phishing scams

Its Jigsaw project wants to play a game.

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Kris Holt
January 22, 2019 4:03 PM
Google Jigsaw
Google Jigsaw

For decades, phishing has proven an effective method for attackers to dupe just about anyone into clicking on malicious links so they can wreak havoc on personal and professional lives. Just ask John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign chief. Phishing scams can be tricky to spot, and Alphabet hopes to help you figure out whether links in your emails genuinely will lead to untold riches or help you lose weight with a magic pill (hint: probably not).

The company's Jigsaw unit wants to play a game, as it has created a quiz for you to test your phishing-detection skills in case spammy emails slip through your email service's filters and reach your inbox. The team drew from materials Jigsaw has used to train thousands of journalists, political figures and activists to craft the quiz. If you don't answer all the questions correctly, don't worry -- the quiz will help you understand you what the latest phishing techniques look like, so you know what to watch out for in the real world.

If you do manage to figure out the correct answer to every question, well done, but you're not invulnerable. As Jigsaw suggests, it's probably worth enabling two-factor authentication whenever you can.

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