[Surfnetkids: 17 Nov 2010] What is Phishing?

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#1. November 17, 2010

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

This week’s phishing topic is an important educational subject for both students and grownups. As a strong believer in the educational power of games, I am thrilled to be hosting a series of cyber security games created by the FTC. The Phishing Scams quiz is, of course, directly
related to today’s topic, but there are a dozen others as well, all related to online safety, security, and privacy.

Here are a few of them:

For a complete list, visit Simulation Games and look for “Cyber Security Games” in the left-hand column.

Your feedback is appreciated. Click here to visit my blog and leave a comment.

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

#2. What is Phishing?

by Barbara J. Feldman

What is Phishing? Printable (** for premium members only)

Phishing is the act of fooling a computer user into submitting personal information by creating a counterfeit website that looks like a real (and trusted) site. It is a hacker technique of “fishing” for passwords and other secret financial info. According to WordSpy.com, the word was invented by computer hackers in the late 1990’s, and it plays off a common hacker word play of changing the letter “f” to “ph”, which was seen as early as the seventies with “phone phreaks.”

Federal Trade Commission: Phishing eCard
This educational anti-phishing Flash game, created by the Federal Trade Commission, is also an ecard you can send to friends. Clicking on Printable Tips, will take you to a rather dry looking (but well-written) FTC page titled How Not to Get Hooked by a Phishing Scam. This set of tips is also available as a PDF download, to make printing and sharing as easy as point and click. “If you get an email or pop-up message that asks for personal or financial information, do not reply. And don’t click on the link in the message, either. Legitimate companies don’t ask for this information via email.”

OnGuardOnline: Phishing
Published by the Federal Trade Commission, “OnGuardOnline.gov provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.” The phishing section starts out with helpful tips, but the best clicks are the anti-phishing games and videos listed in the right-hand column.

Security Cartoon
Developed in 2006 by security consultants Drs. Sukamol Srikwan and Markus Jakobsson, the Security Cartoon strip covers lots of cybersafety topics, but mostly focuses on anti-phishing education, or, as they put it: “Oops.. I clicked!” You’ll find the various keyword tags (spoofing, malware, pharming, phishing) listed at the bottom of the page, but since they are all related to today’s topic, I have sent you to the front page of the site. The cartoons are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works, which means students and teachers can use the cartoons in homework (or on non-commercial websites) along with attribution and a link back to this site.

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#3. Printables Club Members Also Get …

Surfnetkids Printables Club Members also get the following printables to use in the classroom, the computer lab, the school library, or to send home with students:
What is Phishing? Printable
What is Phishing? Wikipedia Printable
Online Safety Printable
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