True or false: automatically updating your computer can pose a significant security concern, as it could install unwanted programs or features that may cause trouble.
False. Although updates can occasionally create glitches, they also contain vital patches to help protect your machine against attackers. Keep your machine up-to-date and install new patches as soon as possible. (Hint: don’t click “Remind me later” repeatedly).
Try this one: approximately how many attempted cyber attacks are reported to the Pentagon every day?
Answer: 10 million
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. In recognition, the National Institute for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies has posted on online Jeopardy-style Trivia Quiz to test your cyber savvy. Below are some excerpts. See how well you do!
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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Jeopardy Quiz
The quiz has five categories – Online Safety, Device Security, Types of Cyber Attacks, Cyber History and Cyber Stats – each with five questions in ascending order of difficulty. Here are some sample questions:
- Online Safety 100: You post a picture of you and your best friend to your favorite social media platform. She doesn’t feel comfortable with the image, so you agree to take it down. Will this ensure that no one else sees the picture? Answer: No. Once an image (or any information) is posted on the internet, it is virtually impossible to remove it from circulation. Taking it off your social media page will help, but there is no guarantee that others have not already seen it and/or downloaded it.
- Online Safety 500. What are good ways to help you keep track of all your different passwords? Answer: Use a password manager. These are apps, devices, or cloud services that store your passwords in an encrypted vault that can only be unlocked with a single master password. Use a “password pattern.” This is simply a pattern (recognizable only to you) that helps you remember your passwords.
- Device Security 300: True or False: cell phones, tablets and other mobile devices are not full computers and do not require software, such as anti-virus, to be secure. Answer: False. Almost all consumer devices, especially cell phones and tablets, are simply miniature computers. They contain important data (contacts, financial information, calendars) and require protection like any other device.
- Types of Cyber Attacks 100. A scammer creates a fake email and sends it to thousands of people, hoping some of them will click on a link and give up their personal information. What is this type of attack called? Answer: Phishing. This is a type of social engineering that often manipulates human impulses, such as greed, fear, or the desire to help others. (Note: have you registered for our free CLE Social Engineering webinar coming up in December?)
- Types of Cyber Attacks 400. You bring your laptop to a local restaurant. Without your knowledge, the customer at the table behind you watches you log in to your email, thereby learning your username and password. What is this type of attack called? Answer: Shoulder surfing. It is important to remember that not all cyber attacks require the direct manipulation of technology. Attackers can often obtain important information by simply observing people, asking questions, or piecing together dissociated facts to learn or guess something private.
- Cyber History 400. This English writer and mathematician is known for her work on the Analytical Engine and is considered to be one of the first computer programmers. Answer: Ada Lovelace. She worked with Charles Babbage in the 1840s to publish the first computer-based algorithm.
- Cyber Stats 500. What is the estimated global cost of cybercrime by the end of 2019? Answer: $2 trillion USD.
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