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To prevent fake/phishing websites, emails, apps, etc., Ken's Study Journey has made some security and anti-phishing tips on this page.

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If you have questions/doubts, forward/send your (received) email to my email contacts to verify.

Examples of fake/phishing websites, emails, etc. will be shown on "Reminder board of Fake Ken’s Study Journey Websites, Apps and Emails" once verified.

My Security Tips

Check Website HTTPS Security

Most websites have HTTPS support, including Ken's Study Journey websites.

Make sure the web address starts with HTTPS (i.e. “https://”) when you visit HTTPS-enabled websites.

Check Website HTTPS

Check Website HTTPS

Check Email Source

Before responding to an email, you can check the email source/sender.

Ken's Study Journey uses the domain name "" with the following email suffixes:

  • for general (enquiry) emails;
  • for system emails
Check Email Source/Sender

Check Email Source/Sender

Did you know?

The ITSC of one of the Hong Kong universities (not my university) regularly conducts mock phishing/scam (fake) email drills/exercises.

The email receiver will be required to take a phishing email identification quiz later (organised by the ITSC) once the link in a fake email has been opened.

For example, an email was sent from “” (fake) rather than “” (correct, official).

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Check Ken's Study Journey Email Validity

In 2021, I have invented🌟 my brand-new email✉️ anti-phishing system🛡️ using a unique code in the email footers.

This invention was inspired by exam certificates (e.g. IELTS) with checkable unique codes.

This system checks☑️ whether the system emails come from Ken's Study Journey official systems.

Under my each system email (except for 6-digit verification codes), there is a random unique code🪪.

Email Unique Code

Email Unique Code

Then, open my website🌎 ( as usual. Do not❌ click links🔗 in the email to prevent fake⚠️ checking websites.

Click "Check Email Validity" at the bottom (at "Free Services").

Check Email Validity 

Enter your email address✉️ received this email and copy-paste📑 the unique code.

Check Email Validity

Check Email Validity


Be careful of your email address input and don't make mistakes (e.g. typing ".con" instead of ".com").

Click "Check"☑️ and compare displayed information.

Check Email Validity (Email)

Check Email Validity (Email)

If either Subject or Time Sent is different🖇️, or there is a red fake notice🔴, the email is probably fake⚠️ and I didn't send this email.

Note: Allow difference of Time Sent🕘 of several minutes.

Check Unofficial Similar Names

Although the unofficial names may be commonly used by users in informal oral communication, they are also used by phishing/scam emails.

Official Name: Ken’s Study Journey (Ken的学习之旅)

  • Ken Study
  • Ken Study Journey
  • Ken’s Studying Journey
  • Ken’s Study Trip
  • Ken Study Plan
  • Ken’s Study Planning

Check Website ICP Registration

We can also check a website's ICP (Internet Content Provider) Registration for China Mainland websites (e.g. Baidu, bilibili, 小红书; including Ken's Study Journey).

Note: This method is for websites in China Mainland (with ICP Registration) only.

1. Open the China MIIT verification website (in a new browser tab/window):

Make sure it uses HTTPS and ends with "" suffix.

Due to its security system preventing scanners, the webpage may refresh many times while loading.

HTTPS and "" Suffix on ""

HTTPS and "" Suffix on ""

2. Go back to the original website. Copy the domain name (e.g. in the browser's Address Bar.

Copying "" Domain Name from Browser Address Bar

Copying "" Domain Name from Browser Address Bar

3. Choose "Website" and paste/input the (copied) domain name. Do NOT include prefixes like "https://" and "www.". For example:

  • Acceptable:
  • Reject:,
  • Reject:,

Note: I do not recommend directly checking the ICP register number.
- This number can be copied onto a fake website. You should check the domain name (copied from your browser) instead.

Click "Search" and solve a CAPTCHA. The CAPTCHA may vary (e.g. sliders, clicking Chinese characters in an image in order).

ICP Registration Verification Website Home Page

ICP Registration Verification Website Home Page

4. Check and compare the result displayed against the original register number (usually display at the bottom of the website, probably on Home Page).

Note: You may ignore the last website number (e.g. "-1") when checking.

ICP Registration Verification Result

ICP Registration Verification Result

Ken's Study Journey Website ICP Register Number

Ken's Study Journey Website ICP Register Number

Examples of Fake/Phishing Emails

Ken’s Study Journey has already added some (generated) examples of fake/phishing emails on Ken’s Study Planner “Signed Up” page in early 2023 (updated in 2024).

Real Email Example:

Official Names: Ken's Study Journey, Ken's Study Planner, etc.

Real Email Example

Fake (Phishing) Email Example (Fictitious):

Unofficial Similar Names: Ken Study, Ken Study Plan, etc.

Fake Email Example