Today, Intel Security released the findings of its phishing quiz which tested consumer knowledge of, and ability to detect, phishing emails.
The quiz presented ten emails compiled by Intel Security and asked respondents to identify which of the emails were phishing attempts designed to steal personal information and which were legitimate.
Of the approximately 19,000 survey respondents from 144 countries, only 3% were able to correctly identify every example correctly and 80% of all respondents misidentified at least one of the phishing emails, which is all it takes to fall victim to an attack.
Here are some of the key findings:
- Only 3% of the respondents correctly identified every example correctly with 80% of all respondents misidentified at least one of the phishing emails, which is all it takes to fall victim to an attack!
- Globally, the 35-44 year old age group performed best, answering an average of 68% questions accurately
- The five best performing countries were France, Sweden , Hungary, the Netherlands, and Spain
Interestingly, the survey found that the email most often misidentified was actually a legitimate email. This email asked the recipient to take action and “claim their free ads.” People often associate free prize offers with phishing or spam, which is likely the reason a large number of people misidentified the email.
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