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Lecture: How to identify phish
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Status:tentative — if this lecture interests you, please contact TFN
Admits:open to everyone, including non-members
Cost:no charge
Format:single lecture
Preparation:some preparation recommended
Web page:TBA


People who receive email from the Internet and who want to be better forearmed against phish.


Iain Calder often helps TFN members who have received or been duped by phish.  He is regularly asked about the legitimacy of received email messages, and handles compromised account situations and threats to TFN security.


It is easy to identify phish, once you know how.  This lecture will touch on who sends phish and what they do with the results.  It will focus on the techniques used in phish to gain your confidence and on the tell-tale signs that distinguish a phish from a legitimate message.  We will examine some real world examples, from TFN's phish archive.


If possible, read the lecture's web page before attending.  It will give you a head start on the topics we will be discussing.

About phish:

A phish is an attempt to fraudulently elicit confidential information.  For example, a phish could take the form of an email message that pretends to be from your email provider, that requests your password, and that threatens you with account termination unless you respond.

Phish have become very prevalent in the last decade.  Each month at Toronto Free-Net, we see several phish that target TFN members.

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