Join Jess Stratton for an in-depth discussion in this video Keeping security answers private, part of Learning Computer Security and Internet Safety.
- If you've ever taken part in an online quiz or taken one on Facebook, chances are you might have given away some very important personal information about yourself. Online quizzes tend to ask questions that can be used to market to you directly. For example, when you're logged into Facebook, any quiz that you take can directly be linked to your account. Maybe it's silly quiz like what book describes you will ask a question about the time of day you normally go to the grocery store. It seems innocent enough, like it's trying to figure out what main character in a book might also be a night owl, or a morning go getter, but that information can be used to tell whoever Facebook is selling your answers to about your shopping habits.
Also, some quizzes may just be plain dangerous. From time to time, you'll see various quizzes make their way through people's status updates. Things like what's your rockstar name? It involves a series of questions, such as, what was the name of your first pet and what was the name of the street you grew up on. The problem is, is that these quizzes and these answers are very common security answers for online services, such as web banking and other financial sites. When you answer these, you're leaving these answers wide open for others to see and use.
Quizzes can be fun and there's plenty out there that are harmless, and you can take those online, but it's important to be aware of any question that seems like it can be turned around and used for marketing or security purposes.
- Installing updates
- Using antivirus software and protecting against viruses
- Enabling Windows Firewall
- Using password-management software
- Encrypting files that contain sensitive data
- Securing your router and protecting the SSID
- Understanding the signs of a secure website
- Checking settings for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari
- Unsubscribing from email subscriptions
- Reviewing site privacy settings
- Browsing on a public computer
- Understanding cookies
- Protecting other people's names and locations
- Fact-checking email warnings