Now someone is doing something about it, developing training systems to teach web users to avoid these nasty but clever traps. Anti-Phishing Phil is an interactive game that teaches users how to identify phishing URLs, where to look for cues in web browsers, and how to use search engines to find legitimate sites. It is the work of members of the CMU Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS) at Carnegie Mellon University.
Their studies found that user education can help prevent people from falling for phishing attacks. Unlike the usual training manuals, which people find so tedious to read, learning how to avoid fake sites by playing this game is entertaining, and the tips are illustrated simply and in a way you can easily remember.
Play Anti-Phishing Phil Game Free Online
While there is a commercial version, you can play two rounds of Anti-Phishing Phil online for free. Click the first link at the bottom of the page to try it out. I promise you’ll learn how to avoid most phishing sites in 10 minutes and have fun doing so!
More Information and Free Downloads
When you are finished playing Anti-Phishing Phil, also click the link on that same page to download a General Help poster in PDF format that has six tips to avoid being phished, either on websites or in emails. Also notice links to download several published articles about web safety further down on the page.
For more resources, click the second link. It takes you to the Carnegie Mellon CyLab Outreach page, which has links to a wealth of web safety materials for classroom and for parents. Finally, the third link on this page leads to Cyber Academy, another CyLab project aimed at teaching web safety to upper elementary kids through interactive online games.
Application needed: Web Browser
Subject area: Life Skills.
Level: Teacher, Grades 5-7.
CLICK HERE to go to the PhishGuru page, play Anti-Phishing Phil, and download a poster (PDF format) about avoiding phishing scams in emails and more.
CLICK HERE to go to the Carnegie-Mellon CyLab Outreach page for tools and materials on web safety for teachers and parents plus an encyclopedia of cyber terms, standards, and prevention techniques.
CLICK HERE to go to the Cyber Academy Classroom Materials page to find out about the Cyber Academy game and download the Teacher’s Companion and other materials.