Put Your Cyber Security Knowledge to the Test

Take This Quiz and See How Online Safety Savvy You Are

If you think hackers are just looking to attack major corporations and government agencies, think again. According to a report by leading cyber security and intelligence firm 4iQ, small business cyber attacks were up 424% in 2018. More than ever, you and your employees must be knowledgeable enough about internet security to protect your company’s sensitive information (as well as your customers’ and clients’ data).

That’s why we’ve created this quick cyber security test. Take a few minutes to test your knowledge, then share it with your team to see how safe your business is (and maybe throw in an incentive for those who get 100%)!

  1. Which of the following is the strongest password?
    1. !@#$%^&*
    2. thisismypassword
    3. C!rcleGr3en4ev@
    4. iloveyou
  1. What’s a sign that the email you received from a seemingly reputable company may not be legit?
    1. It asks for your password or other sensitive information
    2. The email address it comes from is suspicious
    3. It includes messaging that’s full of warnings
    4. All of the above
  1. Which is the best way for employees to protect your company’s data when they’re working remotely?
    1. Have them only communicate through their business email address
    2. Make sure they encrypt their emails
    3. Try to limit Wi-Fi use to libraries or coffee houses
    4. Only use USB sticks
  1. How can you tell if the website you are on is secure?
    1. The URL begins with “https” instead of “http”
    2. The URL address includes the word “official”
    3. There’s an icon of a police officer in the left part of browser address bar
    4. An email that allegedly came from the company sent you a link that brought you here
  1. What do you do if a pop-up window suddenly appears on your screen warning you that your computer has been infected by a virus?
    1. Click the link to install the anti-virus program they’re suggesting
    2. Close the window
    3. If the pop-up window offers a “Cancel” button, click that
    4. Kill the browser by clicking (Command+Q on a Mac or Alt+F4 on Windows)

Answer Key.

  1. Which of the following is a strongest password?
    1. !@#$%^&* [try not to use characters that appear in succession on your keyboard]
    2. thisismypassword [don’t use passwords that include the word “password”]
    3. C!rcleGr3en4ev@ [Stringing together words that are meaningless together (except maybe for you) and include numbers, symbols and both uppercase and lowercase letters are difficult for hackers to decipher.]
    4. Iloveyou [whether or not it’s true (and hopefully it is…the world needs more love), this is a very common password and should be avoided.]
  1. What’s a sign that the email you received from a seemingly reputable company may not be legit?
    1. It asks for your password or other sensitive information
    2. The email address it comes from is suspicious
    3. It includes messaging that’s full of warnings
    4. All of the above [Always be wary of unsolicited emails, especially ones with attachments or suspicious links.]
  1. Which is the best way for employees can protect your company’s data when they’re working remotely?
    1. Have them only communicate through their business email address [When working remotely, all email services can be at risk.]
    2. Make sure they encrypt their emails [This disguises the content of your emails, protecting sensitive data, so that only your intended recipient can see it. S/MIME and Office 365 Message Encryption are two options to choose from.]
    3. Try to limit Wi-Fi use to libraries or coffee houses [Regardless of location, if you’re using a public wireless connection, it’s best to assume it’s not secure.]
    4. Only use USB sticks [Thumb drives present their own security issues…they’re easy to fall into the wrong hands and can be used by attackers to infect your computer with malicious code.]
  1. How can you tell if the website you are on is secure?
    1. The URL begins with “https” instead of “http” [“https” means the site is secured through an SSL certificate.]
    2. The URL address includes the word “official” [The URL name by itself is not proof that a website is secure.]
    3. There’s an icon of a police officer in the left part of browser address bar [Look for a padlock icon to the left of the website’s URL.]
    4. An email that allegedly came from the company sent you a link that brought you here [Any link sent by an unsolicited email should be considered suspicious.]
  1. What do you do if a pop-up window suddenly appears on your screen warning you that your computer has been infected by a virus?
    1. Click the link to install the anti-virus program they’re suggesting
    2. Close the window
    3. If the pop-up window offers a “Cancel” button, click that
    4. Kill the browser by clicking (Command+Q on a Mac or Alt+F4 on Windows) [Anything that you click in a pop-up message—from a “Cancel” / “Not Interested” button to the “X” to close the window—can be a trigger to download malware.]

This article is part of a series intended to help businesses operate more efficiently and securely. Contact us today to learn how you can reach those objectives with our suite of communications products and services.