Secure Mindset: A Security Awareness Quiz

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In this world with technological advancements, security awareness is crucial. We welcome you to take the Security Awareness Quiz to learn about the basics of security awareness. It's a general security awareness quiz that relates to email usage, internet usage, and password protection. Security awareness encompasses the knowledge and attitude necessary to protect the physical and informational assets of the company. They help minimize risks and loss of money. Your scores are dependent on how many questions you correct, so make sure to answer them to the best of your abilities. Good Luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is the primary purpose of a firewall in network security?

    • A.

      To protect against physical intruders 

    • B.

      To encrypt all network traffic 

    • C.

      To filter and control incoming and outgoing network traffic 

    • D.

      To enhance network speed

    Correct Answer
    C. To filter and control incoming and outgoing network traffic 
    Explanation
    A firewall is a network security device or software that is designed to monitor, filter, and control network traffic based on predetermined security rules. Its primary purpose is to act as a barrier between a trusted internal network and untrusted external networks, such as the internet, and to filter traffic to allow or block it based on security policies. This helps protect against unauthorized access, threats, and potential security breaches by controlling the flow of data in and out of a network. Firewalls play a crucial role in maintaining the security and integrity of a network.

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  • 2. 

    Junk e-mail, as in mass mailings, is annoying but harmless.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    E-mail is open to the same abuses as regular mail or the telephone. Don't trust everything that arrives in your mailbox.

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  • 3. 

    The best way to avoid viruses is to not open unexpected e-mail attachments from unknown sources.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    False - It used to be enough for user to ignore messages from unfamiliar people, but with viruses that exploit personal and organizational distribution lists, users must also be wary of their co-workers and other names that they may recognize.

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  • 4. 

    Messages that appear more than once in your e-mail box may be more suspect of carrying a virus.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    True - You may receive the same e-mail from a virus repeatedly.

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following file types should never be opened?

    • A.

      .EXE - Executable File

    • B.

      .BAT - Batch Processing

    • C.

      .VBS - VBScript Script File

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    All of the above. These are all vectors for virus/malware infections.

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  • 6. 

    It is not safe to e-mail business documents to your home computer to work on them.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    True - Your home computer environment is much less secure than work. You're exposing the business information to outside sources like attackers or competitors.

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  • 7. 

    What is a virus?

    • A.

      An email message

    • B.

      An image that embeds itself in your file directory

    • C.

      A program that self-replicates

    • D.

      Data in various forms

    Correct Answer
    C. A program that self-replicates
    Explanation
    A virus in the context of computer technology is a program that self-replicates and can infect and harm computer systems. It is not an email message, an image that embeds itself in a file directory, or data in various forms. Computer viruses are malicious software programs designed to replicate and spread, often causing damage to data and computer systems.

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  • 8. 

    Which of the following are examples of programs?

    • A.

      .jpeg's, .tif's, and .gif's

    • B.

      Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Word

    • C.

      Reports, records, and letters

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Word
    Explanation
    Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Word - These are all examples of programs, just as viruses are programs.

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  • 9. 

    What is the most common delivery method for viruses?

    • A.

      Email

    • B.

      Internet download

    • C.

      Infected disks

    • D.

      Instant messenger software

    Correct Answer
    A. Email
    Explanation
    A. E-mail - While these are all delivery methods for viruses, most are propagated via e-mail messages.

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  • 10. 

    Which of the following terms generally fall under the descriptor "virus"?

    • A.

      Worm

    • B.

      Trojan Horse

    • C.

      VBscripts

    • D.

      Both A and B

    Correct Answer
    D. Both A and B
    Explanation
    Both A. and B. - Worms and Trojan Horses are generally described as viruses.

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  • 11. 

    What is your best defense against virus infection?

    • A.

      Don't open e-mail attachments you're not expecting

    • B.

      Don't surf the Internet

    • C.

      Don't download files from the Internet

    • D.

      Don't use disks to transfer data

    Correct Answer
    A. Don't open e-mail attachments you're not expecting
    Explanation
    Because e-mail is the most common mode of propagation for viruses, opening unexpected attachments is dangerous.

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  • 12. 

    Which of the following message attachments would you be wise not to open? A message with an attachment that:

    • A.

      Appears more than once in your Inbox

    • B.

      Says it's a sample copy of a new game from a recognized company e-mail address

    • C.

      Is an unexpected note from a friend

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    All of the above. These are all common types of virus programs.

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  • 13. 

    It's safe, and more expedient, to conduct business via Instant Messaging.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Though it's convenient to discuss business matters in "real-time," instant messaging can be a security nightmare. Instant messaging software can store the content of an instant messaging session in a log-file that could be read by others.

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  • 14. 

    Which of the following can be viruses?

    • A.

      Macros

    • B.

      Files

    • C.

      VBscripts

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    These are all common types of virus programs.

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  • 15. 

    Instant Messaging is no more unsafe than regular email.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Instant messaging sessions are conducted in plain, unencrypted text, and are an open book to a reasonably skilled intruder. Instant messaging sessions are not virus protected. Also, during installation, some instant messaging software may change browser security settings, which places the computer at a high security risk.

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  • 16. 

    You should never respond to SPAM.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Never respond--not even to "unsubscribe"--unless the sender is legitimate. Do not open or forward chain e-mail or reveal personal information. You should also never buy anything from spam mail.

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  • 17. 

    It's OK to put your e-mail address on a Website.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Spam robots used by spammers can harvest your e-mail address if it is displayed on a website.

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  • 18. 

    Which of the following should you NOT do in order to protect your password.

    • A.

      Say your password aloud.

    • B.

      E-mail yur password to an associate.

    • C.

      Provide your assistant with your password.

    • D.

      All of the above.

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above.
    Explanation
    All of the above - All of these behaviors could put your password at risk.

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  • 19. 

    Where should you write down your passwords.

    • A.

      Someplace easily seen from your computer.

    • B.

      Someplace that is out of sight, like beneath your keyboard or in a nearby drawer.

    • C.

      Wherever you really need it for your memory, but this information can only be kept in a secure location.

    • D.

      You should never write down your password.

    Correct Answer
    D. You should never write down your password.
    Explanation
    You should never write down your password.

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  • 20. 

    Which of the following is a good way to create a password?

    • A.

      Letter or number sequences.

    • B.

      Your children's or pet's names.

    • C.

      Substituting numbers of letters, such as 3 for E.

    • D.

      A combination of upper and lowercase letters mixed with numbers and symbols.

    Correct Answer
    D. A combination of upper and lowercase letters mixed with numbers and symbols.
    Explanation
    The best passwords contain a combination of upper and lowercase letters mixed with numbers and symbols.

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  • 21. 

    Which of the following would be the best password?

    • A.

      BobJones

    • B.

      AC&3i7

    • C.

      12345

    • D.

      ABcdEFgh

    Correct Answer
    B. AC&3i7
    Explanation
    The best passwords contain a combination of upper and lowercase letters mixed with numbers and symbols.

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  • 22. 

    Your password should be changed...

    • A.

      Never

    • B.

      Daily

    • C.

      Infrequently

    • D.

      Regularly

    Correct Answer
    D. Regularly
    Explanation
    It's generally recommended to change passwords regularly for enhanced security, typically every few months. This practice reduces the risk of unauthorized access due to compromised credentials. However, the frequency may vary depending on individual or organizational security policies and the sensitivity of the accounts.

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  • 23. 

    Bandwidth is not affected by downloading files from the Internet to your PC.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Accessing streaming media hogs bandwidth. Downloading MP3 and other large files steals server space.

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  • 24. 

    If you're not careful about your Internet browsing, which of the following can be the result?

    • A.

      Spyware

    • B.

      Viruses

    • C.

      Hacking

    • D.

      All of the above.

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above.
    Explanation
    All of the above - Spyware is installed on your computer to secretly gather information about your usage and relay it to advertisers or other interested parties. Viruses can be transmitted in a downloaded file. Sensitive corporate and personal information can be transmitted.

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