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Anti-Phishing Phil: Identity Theft Education

If even one computer on your company’s wireless network gets compromised by malware or a virus, every employee at your workplace faces the risk of theft of identity. While making sure you act responsibly online is a top priority no matter where you are – whether at  your family’s desktop computer or on your mobile device – you especially want to make sure that you don’t make a mistake that could affect your place of work. If you fall victim to a phishing scam and the whole company is affected, the financial repercussions for  you personally could be massive if your personal information is compromised, not to mention you run the risk of losing your job completely.

Luckily, there are resources at your disposal when it comes to educating employees and coworkers about the dangers of theft of identity that come about from surfing the web irresponsibly. Anti-Phishing Phil is a game that takes players only ten minutes to complete that will provide valuable information that they won’t soon forget.

The game, which is offered through Wombat Security, allows users to customize the pieces to meet the needs and personality of your workplace. Essentially, players are given 32 different URLs and using information provided, users determine which sites are legitimate and which could likely be fronts for phishing scams.

You can provide the URLs if you’d like in order to familiarize your coworkers with dangers they will specifically come up against in the future or you can just educate them using generic addresses that inherently appear to pose the threat of theft of identity.

There’s a lot at stake when it comes to protecting your identity and that of your coworkers, so do all you can to make sure everyone on your team is on the same page.