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Is Cybersecurity a Trick, or a Treat?

Is Cybersecurity a... Trick or treat?

 

Do you ever wonder how secure your online habits/practices are? Take our short quiz to find out if you’re tricking or treating yourself into best practices.

1. Do you update your connected devices?

A. I always update as soon as I can.

B. It interrupts what I’m doing, I always put them off

Best answer:

A. I always update as soon as I can.
Updates are a nice treat for keeping your systems secure.

 

B. It interrupts what I’m doing, I always put them off.
Don’t be tricked into putting off updates. See our #1 mitigation in the NSA Top Ten guide to find out why.

2. Do you use Anti-virus software?

A. No. All they do is slow down my computer.

B. Yes. They keep me malware free and running great!

A. No. All they do is slow down my computer.
Truth is, viruses can slow down your computer, and keep it from running well. Anti-virus software treats your device with regular scans to keep it safe from intrusion. Learn more about AV and other security software options in our Best Practices for Securing Your Home Network guide.
 

Best answer:

B. Yes. They keep me malware free and running great!
​Great answer!

3. Do you use a different strong password for each account?

A. Sure do! I use a password manager so I don’t even need to remember them.

B. I can’t remember more than 3 passwords at a time.

Best answer:

A. Sure do! I use a password manager so I don’t even need to remember them.
Password managers are a great trick to keeping your passwords handy and secure.

 

B. I can’t remember more than 3 passwords at a time.
​Don’t treat cybercriminals with weak passwords… using this password guidance helps keep your accounts secure or you can consider using a password manager.

4. If offered multi-factor authentication, do you use it?

A. Of course! I appreciate when a company values the security of my account.

B. No. I don’t understand why it’s better than using a password.

Best answer:

A. Of course! I appreciate when a company values the security of my account.
Security is a nice treat, isn’t it? We think so, too. 

 

B. No. I don’t understand why it’s better than using a password.
Want to learn why multi-factor authentication works so well? Read our guidance and add this to your bag of cybersecurity tricks.

5. You get an unsolicited email, do you click the link?

A. No. I don’t trust emails from people I don’t know.

B. Usually… if I’m interested in what they’re selling.

Best answer:

A. No. I don’t trust emails from people I don’t know.
This is a great way keep from getting tricked into clicking malicious links.

 

B. Usually… if I’m interested in what they’re selling.
​Use caution here… what they’re selling isn’t always the treat you’re looking for. These recommended email best practices can stop tricks in their tracks.

6. When you’re away from home, do you use Wi-Fi hotspots? (hotels, airports, coffee shops, etc.)

A. Only if I’m low on data.

B. No. I’ll use my device to make my own private hotspot.

A. Only if I’m low on data.
Did you know using hotspots make you more vulnerable to having your data stolen? Don’t treat the cyber criminals! Learn more here.
 

Best answer:

B. No. I’ll use my device to make my own private hotspot.
​Nice trick, that phone hotspot!

7. Do you save files in the cloud?

A. No, I like my files on my hard drive.

B. Yes, it gives me unlimited phone storage.

Best answer:

A. No, I like my files on my hard drive.
Would you like to know more about cloud storage? You can treat yourself and be able to access your files anywhere, anytime.

 

B. Yes, it gives me unlimited photo storage.
Smart! But do you know all the tricks to keeping cloud data secure? Learn more here.

8. Since March, people across the globe have been teleworking. Are you using your home/family computer for office duties?

A. Yes, I use the same devices and profiles for work and personal use.

B. No. I use the laptop work gave me or leverage VPN services if I need to use my personal devices.

A. Yes, I use the same devices and profiles for work and personal use. 
Separating work and personal accounts is vital to good cybersecurity. We have a few tricks and tips here for you.
 

Best answer:

B. No. I use the laptop work gave me or leverage VPN services if I need to use my personal devices. 
Being able to telework securely is a good treat!

9. Is your personal contact information on social media?

A. Just an email that I only use for social media.

B. Yes, I want people to call me if they want to.

Best answer:

A. Just an email that I only use for social media.
Well done! You’ve got some nice tricks up your sleeve.

 

B. Yes. I want people to call me if they want to.
Getting a phone call from an old friend can be a nice treat on a rainy day. We’d like to share these social media tips with you to keep your personal information safe and prevent others from using it to play tricks on you. 

10. Do you leave the GPS running on your mobile phone?

A. Only when I need directions somewhere.

B. Always! My followers like to know where I'm posting from. smiley

Best answer:

A. Only when I need directions somewhere.
Smart. The less information you share, the fewer tricks you may fall victim to.

 

B. Always! My followers like to know where I’m posting from. ☺
We understand, sometimes it’s fun to let people know where to find your favorite treats. Check our limiting location data guidance to be sure you’re not oversharing.

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