Test your online security IQ

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by Acadia, Aug 4, 2004.

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  1. Acadia

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    Woooooo Who! :D
     

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  3. Acadia

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    Yo, Dog, you're giving away the answers before any one goes to the site! :doubt:

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  4. dog

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    Opps I'll edit it! ;) Sorry! .... Dumb dog ;) :D
     
  5. Acadia

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    Ahhhh, that's better, Good Doggie!! :cool:

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    You got 8 out of 10 correct, or 80 %

    The two I missed were legitimate however. :D
     
  7. dog

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    Better Safe than Sorry ;)
     
  8. Rita

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    hey Arcadia
    i only got 70%--i need more knowledge thats for sure
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    I got 9/10... but will admit 2 I got right were guesses as 3-4 do not apply to me at all...

    Who/What on earth is an Earthlink..... ISP o_O?
    I do not have any dealings with CitiBank/USBank/PayPal email link ? [Australia here, so if I was to get anything from one of those, it would be auto Blacklisted and Deleted. ;)

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    You got 9 out of 10 correct, or 90 %

    Missed the Earthlink one

    :D :cool: :D :cool: :D
     
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    I got 9 out of 10 I missed the microsoft no. 1 question I guess I just don't trust MS.
     
  12. Ronin

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    More important than the result is the discussion of how the test should be taken.

    I presume, the test is a technical one, and not one based on social engineering. In other words, whether you decide the email is a fake depends not on the content (whether it looks fishy by asking you to do something you normally wouldn't expect ebay to do, typos, unprofessional writing etc), but on whether you are fooled by the url when you hover your mouse over it.

    Because it's a technical test, what browser you are using is important.

    I tried this on IE medium settings, and in most cases looking at the status bar was sufficent to defeat the test. The funny thing is they were using JS to alter your statusbar, but in most cases they did not use it to mislead you (That is they made the status bar show obviously wrong domains) . The only exception was test 6 which is the way I expect most people to do it.

    The way to defeat test 6 is to disable active scripting.

    Test 3, was easy unless you didn't understand domain names. Test 10 looks like the same?

    The test could have being clearer on what was being tested, and they should not have disabled the link.

    The interesting thing is that when testing on Firefox, using default settings, the status bar shows nothing when hovering over the url. That is a dead give away :p
     
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    Got 7/10.

    I thought they were all illegitimate ... errmm ...

    I don't use them so if they turn up on me ... I just think they are trying to rob me. :D

    So I just say no to all ... if in doubt ... say no.
     
  14. Acadia

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    Agreed. Whenever I receive such an email, I use my bookmarked favorites to go straight to the site and work my way in from there.

    Acadia
     
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