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Why is it important to keep your software updated?

New software typically runs faster. Wrong answer.
Some new software may run faster, but an even better reason to update software is to get rid of newly discovered vulnerabilities.

Updating software gets rid of vulnerabilities. Congratulations, this is the correct answer!

It's not important, except for anti-virus software. Wrong answer.
It is important to make sure that you have updated anti-virus software, but other software needs to be updated as well, to get rid of vulnerabilities.

 

What type of password is best?

The brand of your car. Wrong answer.
You are not likely to forget the brand of your car, which is good. But there are very few brands of cars, and an attacker can try many potential passwords. Never choose a word you can find in a dictionary, or the name of a person or product. You can make passwords harder to guess by adding special symbols and by intentionally misspelling words.

A word from a foreign language that you know. Wrong answer.
There are fraudsters in every country, and using a word from a foreign language is not secure – just as using an English word is not. Add special symbols and misspellings to make your password harder to guess.

A misspelled word. Congratulations, this is the correct answer!

The same password you use on other websites. Wrong answer.
That is not a good idea. If a fraudster manages to get your password on that other site, he now has access to two accounts. Do not reuse passwords, or you are putting yourself at unnecessary risk.

 

Find the spoof webpage!

Only the webpage on the left is spoofed. Wrong answer.
The webpage on the left was not spoofed. You know this is a secure connection to PayPal since it says "paypal.com" in the address bar. The address bar is green since it is a secure connection.

Only the webpage on the right is spoofed. Congratulations, this is the correct answer!

Both webpages are spoofed. Wrong answer.
The webpage on the left was not spoofed. You know this is a secure connection to PayPal since it says "paypal.com" in the address bar. The address bar is green since it is a secure connection.

Spoof webpage
 

Find the spoof email!

Only the email on the left is spoofed. Wrong answer.
The email on the right is also spoofed. Take a look at the sender. It's from "pavpal1752@hotmail.com". This is not PayPal. Be careful with impostors and scammers.

Only the email on the right is spoofed. Wrong answer.
The email on the left is also spoofed. There are many telltale signs, including the suspension alert and the recipient ("undisclosed recipients"). The fact that it is sent from a sender that calls himself "Secure Site" does not make it legitimate.

Both emails are spoofed. Congratulations, this is the correct answer!

Spoof email
 

What is not true?

Anti-virus software needs to be updated to be effective. Wrong answer.
This statement is true. You should update your anti-virus software to be protected against new threats.

The password "Jennifer" is secure as long as that is not your name. Congratulations, this is the correct answer!

Spam filters remove many spoofed emails, but not all. Wrong answer.
This statement is true. Spam filters remove spoofed emails, but there are no guarantees that they catch all.

It is unsafe to use the same password on many sites. Wrong answer.
This statement is true. Do not reuse passwords. Otherwise, an attacker who manages to get one of your passwords would get access to many of your accounts.