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How Well Do You Know Your Cyber Security Buzzwords?

Botnet, phishing and zombie may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but they are the language of life online. These are all terms related to cyber security. The following quiz is a way to familiarize yourself with the terminology as you navigate the many threats that can befall you in cyberspace.

  1. A firewall is a:
    a) system that keeps out viruses and hackers.
    b) type of malicious software, or malware, that gives unauthorized users access to your computer.
    c) powerful virus that burns through your files.
  2. A botnet is:
    a) protective software that wards against viruses.
    b) a system of patches that form a net around your applications.
    c) a network of computers infected with malicious software.
  3. Encryption is used to:
    a) create new symbols for the keys on your computer.
    b) convert digital information so that only those with a “key” can read it.
    c) allow computer cryptanalysis, the translation of secretwritings,such as
  4. Phishing is:
    a) a computerized search for research information.
    b) sending emails that fraudulently acquire personal information.
    c) a trustworthy way of getting information through social media sites.
  5. The Cloud:
    a) sends up a virtual smokescreen, making it hard to navigate your computer.
    b) is a backup system for files.
    c) is a technology that lets us access our files through the Internet from anywhere.
  6. A domain is:
    a) the place where you use your computer.
    b) where all of your computer files are stored.
    c) a group of computers and devices administered with a common set of rules.
  7. A zombie:
    a) puts your computer on automatic pilot.
    b) guides your computer through viruses.
    c) is a computer system infected by malware.
  8. Spam creates:
    a) a series of messages making positive offers.
    b) unsolicited bulk messages that clog your e-mail.
    c) a hearty lunch.

1. a
2. c
3. b
4. b
5. c
6. c
7. c
8. b

If you got 6-8 correct, you’re most likely to survive a zombie apocalypse. If you got 3-5 right, you get to bob for apples. Only 1-2 correct? No Halloween candy for you!

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