Learn to Spot Phishing URLs with the Android NoPhish App

  • Gamze Canova
  • Melanie VolkamerEmail author
  • Clemens Bergmann
  • Roland Borza
  • Benjamin Reinheimer
  • Simon Stockhardt
  • Ralf Tenberg
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 453)


Phishing is a münich issue in today’s Internet. It can have financial or personal consequences. Attacks continue to become more and more sophisticated and the advanced ones (including spear phishing) can only be detected if people carefully check URLs – be it in messages or in the address bar of the web browser. We developed a game-based smartphone app – NoPhish – to educate people in accessing, parsing and checking URLs; i.e. enabling them to distinguish between trustworthy and non-trustworthy messages and websites. Throughout several levels of the game information is provided and phishing detection is exercised in a playful manner. Several learning principles were applied and the interfaces and texts were developed in a user-centered design.



This work was supported by CASED and EC SPRIDE.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gamze Canova
    • 1
  • Melanie Volkamer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Clemens Bergmann
    • 1
  • Roland Borza
    • 1
  • Benjamin Reinheimer
    • 1
  • Simon Stockhardt
    • 1
  • Ralf Tenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED)Technische Universität DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany

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