Phishing in Plain English
October 21, 2008 10:13 PM   Subscribe

The latest paper-based video from the folks at Common Craft. This video explains the ins and outs of phishing scams. Show it to your less web-savvy brethren.
posted by dbarefoot (5 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Very nice work. They should do a video on everything a new internet user should know (instead of explaining twitter or rss (which they did a great job of), explain how bcc and cc work in email, and how to properly quote and trim replies and HOW TO CHANGE YOUR FONT SIZE SO YOU CAN READ IT).
posted by mathowie at 11:50 PM on October 21, 2008

Thanks for posting this - have sent it on to my mum and other family :)
posted by harriet vane at 3:25 AM on October 22, 2008

HI I M from Nigeria your video like very much I lern English an how too phish all at same time thank u
posted by mannequito at 3:34 AM on October 22, 2008

..but give a man a phishing site and you feed him for a lifetime.

When people aren't sure about a site, if they are going to go ahead and enter some information, I wish they'd get in the habit of entering a bogus username and password first. The phishing sites don't have your details to check against.
posted by mandal at 5:11 AM on October 22, 2008

I like this video, though one concern I have is that, based on our research at Carnegie Mellon University, raising awareness about phishing is not sufficient, and tends to lead to more paranoia rather than actual ability to protect oneself. Videos like this are a good first step, but not sufficient.

One item of interest previously mentioned on MeFi: we've done a large field trial of several thousands of people with our game Anti-Phishing Phil, showing that after playing our game, people are better at detecting phish correctly while not incorrectly thinking real sites are fake.

We've also been working with the Anti-Phishing Working Group in developing better training materials. You might be seeing this landing page for phishing sites that have been taken down. We also have a lot of cartoons for teaching people about phishing available at

(Some context and discloures: I'm a professor at Carnegie Mellon University working on anti-phishing training and anti-phishing filters for email and web. I'm also a co-founder of Wombat Security Technologies, a startup to commercialize our work).
posted by jasonhong at 12:55 PM on October 22, 2008 [2 favorites]

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