SonicWALL Phishing IQ Test


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 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 the Phishing IQ test is all about - give it a try.


To begin click the "Start the Test" button below. Each question will be displayed one at a time in a browser window and you decide if the e-mail is a "Phish" or "Legitimate." When you have completed the quiz you'll get a score along with a chance to see "why" a question was a phish or legitimate. Good Luck!


Helpful Hints

  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 can decide if what is displayed is "real" or fake.
  2. For this test, assume that you are "John Doe" or "Jane Doe" - in other words that you received the e-mail in your inbox addressed to you.

Phishing Facts

  • 6.1 Billion - Number of phishing e-mails sent world-wide each month
  • $1,200 - Average loss to each person successfully phished (Federal Trade Commission)
  • 22,273 - Number of unique phishing attacks in June 2011 (Anti-Phishing Working Group)
  • 28,148 - Number of phishing Web sites found in June 2011 (Anti-Phishing Working Group)
  • US - The country hosting the most phishing sites (Anti-Phishing Working Group)