HacWare's phishing education software is one of the most simplest things you will ever use. In fact, once installed it takes less than 5 minutes to send your first phishing exercise.

Getting Started

Go to the HacWare website.

In the navigation section at the top of the screen, I clicked on free trial.

Select the email type and email that you wish to use. I used gmail.

Once this was done, I received a welcome email with dashboard access

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Sending Phishing Exercises

To send a phishing exercise we must create a new campaign. This can be done by navigating to the simulations section and clicking campaign.

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  1. On the lower right click on "Add New Campaign"

  2. Type in the name of the member you'd like to test.
    -The employees you wish to send the exercises to will already be there, since it is connected with your desired email contacts.

  3. Select a time.

  4. Finally, send a test. There are 4 different types. You can choose from a link, attachment, reply, or random (dynamic) test.

Note: if you set a phish to send on a time that has already taken place, it will send immediately.

For this scenario, I sent a dynamically generated test. It's an automatically generated phishing exercise based on user behavior.

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Here is a look at the exercise that was sent:

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The simulation dynamically created a message to send to the recipient.

All this in under 5 minutes.


Pierce Taylor, Software Engineer Intern at HacWare. HacWare measures risky cybersecurity behaviors and automates security education to help MSPs combat phishing attacks.

Learn more about HacWare at hacware.com