Quiz: Hackers and patches and malware, oh my!

Quiz: Hackers and patches and malware, oh my!

Summary: See what you know about these security issues. Enough to keep your gear protected?

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Security has been dominating the headlines in the last few weeks from Sony's PlayStation network being taken down and credit card information revealed to Apple's alleged nervy response to its "Mac Defender" malware. See what you know about the issues and keeping your systems clean and running.

Instructions: Click on your answer and then see how many others agree with you. Then click to see the answer and the next question.

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1. Prevent malware by applying software patches immediately. Microsoft sends its patches on the second Tuesday of every month. Apple patches its software when?

The correct answer is B. Patches come sporadically with various updates and are usually in large numbers.

One of Apple's last patch updates included 54 issues.

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2. Where is a bank robbery most likely to occur:

The correct answer is B. In a bedroom - from a PC

Beginning at least in 2009, online thieves netted more money from online heists than traditional "hand-the-teller-a-note" robbers.

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3. In an Internal memo, an Apple memo did NOT advise employees to say this to customers who complain about "Mac Defender" malware.

The correct answer is D. Refer customers to the Apple Retail Store. We will be happy to provide any additional support for malware.

Check out Ed Bott's expose - a good read.

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4. What company's software tops Kaspersky Lab's list for most top ten PC vulnerabilities?

The correct answer is C. Adobe

Here is Rachel King's story and the report.

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5. Sony says its recent outage of the PlayStation Network was the result of a hack attack. Who did Sony blame at first?

The correct answer is B. Anonymous - A secretive group of Internet activists

Peter Cohen tells Sony's confusing side of the story.

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6. A program that claims to rid your computer of viruses but instead introduces viruses onto your computer is called a:

The correct answer is A. Trojan horse

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7. "Elk Cloner" is first known virus known to roam "in the wild." It infected which operating system via floppy disks:

The correct answer is A. Apple DOS

In 1981, a 15-year-old high school student created Elk Cloner which was spread on Apple II operating system floppy disks. It displayed this rhyme on the screen:

Elk Cloner: The program with a personality

It will get on all your disks It will infiltrate your chips Yes it's Cloner!

It will stick to you like glue It will modify ram too Send in the Cloner!

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8. "Koobface" is best known for attacking users of:

The correct answer is D. Facebook

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9. This device has proven to be one of the worst spreaders of malware.

The correct answer is C. USB storage device

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10. If you are a Windows user, one way to avoid malware is to:

The correct answer is C. Switch to Linux.

And, now for your results (correct answers):

10: There's a new sheriff in town. 7-9: Pretty good, you're giggling at the ones who are pulling out their hair. 4-6: You need to change your password from 654321> 1-3: Go see your friend who works in IT - IMMEDIATELY 0: You're a disgrace. Please sell your PC and buy a big screen.

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Topics: Apple, PCs, Security, Operating Systems, Mobile OS, Microsoft, Malware, Linux, Hardware, Windows

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  • RE: Quiz: Hackers and patches and malware, oh my!

    really? PC users should switch to linux to avoid malware?
    where was the "don't be an idiot" option?
    bc3tech
    • I missed that question too

      @bc3tech There were no true answers.
      Your Non Advocate
      • RE: Quiz: Hackers and patches and malware, oh my!

        @facebook@... <br><br>Oh how true. When will these people learn that there is no true way to avoid viruses and spyware? No matter what it is, as long as there is popularity for something, it's going to get viruses and spyware written for it.
        Crash2100
    • RE: Quiz: Hackers and patches and malware, oh my!

      @bc3tech
      They should say Ubuntu or OpenSUSE instead of linux, that should give them a head start.
      asdacap
    • RE: Quiz: Hackers and patches and malware, oh my!

      @bc3tech <br>read it again.. It does not say "should switch" it asks a way (a way, not best, or only) to avoid them... that is a way to avoid them, all the other answers will not help.
      doh123
      • RE: Quiz: Hackers and patches and malware, oh my!

        @doh123
        Not according to Dr. Wik E. Pedia's article on Linux:
        "Linux malware includes viruses, trojans, worms and other types of malware that affect the Linux operating system. Linux, Unix and other Unix-like computer operating systems are generally regarded as very well-protected, but not immune, from computer viruses."
        swmace
    • RE: Quiz: Hackers and patches and malware, oh my!

      @bc3tech ... More than one of the questions was a set-up, designed to catch you, making most of this a boatload of, well, excrement.
      tom@...
    • RE: Quiz: Hackers and patches and malware, oh my!

      [i]PC users should switch to linux to avoid malware?[/i]

      Hey, that sounds like a good idea.

      [i]More than one of the questions was a set-up, designed to catch you, making most of this a boatload of, well, excrement.[/i]

      Which splattered all over you all's faces, now didn't it?

      lol
      blind obedience
  • Re: Number ten

    Andy, quick quiz for you. Please answer A. or B.
    Have you stopped beating your significant other?
    A. Yes
    B. No
    noagenda
  • RE: Quiz: Hackers and patches and malware, oh my!

    Switch to LinuX???
    bb_apptix
  • RE: Quiz: Hackers and patches and malware, oh my!

    I'm sorry I wasted my time on this; the possiible responses, even the right ones, are mostly rubbish.
    tom@...
  • Netting More Money..

    2. Where is a bank robbery most likely to occur:

    The correct answer is B. In a bedroom - from a PC

    "Beginning at least in 2009, online thieves netted more money from online heists than traditional ?hand-the-teller-a-note? robbers." ...isn't the same as the most likely place to occur.
    kenneth.kelley@...
  • RE: Quiz: Hackers and patches and malware, oh my!

    this is a joke and not even worth the tiem it took to type this
    Ez_Customs
  • RE: Quiz: Hackers and patches and malware, oh my!

    The correct answer is C. Switch to Linux.

    the dumbest answer in the dumbest quizz ever conjured up by three (?) people. let me ask you guys a question
    ....forget it .. you are too dumb to understand it anyway...
    codeplay
  • RE: Quiz: Hackers and patches and malware, oh my!

    I would rather switch to Sun, or NeXT? Or even O/s2?
    amckern
  • Question 10

    Are you begging for talkbacks? Would we see you on the corner with a bowl and a sign?
    Joe-Taylor-7