Partly Cloudy With a Chance of Data Compromise: Cloud Security Quiz

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Partly Cloudy With a Chance of Data Compromise: Cloud Security Quiz
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Worried about your online passwords being compromised? Think you're playing it safe? Take the quiz to find out if you're doing all you can to protect your information online.
As of 2010, this was the most commonly used password online.
Password
iloveyou
123456
Believe it or not, thousands and thousands of people use "123456" as an online password. Do you? If so, change it!

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Which of these options will keep your online information safest?
Consistently using the same weak password on many different sites.
Consistently using the same strong password on many different sites.
Using different passwords on different sites.
If someone discovers your password, no matter how strong it is, they can use that against you if you don't change up your passwords between sites.

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True or false: You should always include numbers and symbols in passwords.
TRUE
True. Passwords are always harder to break if they include random numbers and symbols rather than just letters.
FALSE

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Which of these services should have a different password from absolutely everything else you access?
E-mail
Your e-mail password is extremely important. If anyone gets access to your e-mail account, they can change your other passwords and have them sent to your e-mail address -- which they can now access.
Credit card site
Facebook

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What is the name of Apple's upcoming backup for storing music and other files in the cloud?
iCloud
iCloud, of course! Apple continues to leverage its brand by using the lowercase "I" to name its products.
MacStore
iMusic

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True or false: You should tell you friends your passwords.
TRUE
FALSE
False! (You know this already, right?) Even if you trust them, who knows when they might decide to pull a prank?

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Which of these services uses a "master password" to log in to many different Web sites for you?
PassSaver
LastPass
LastPass takes all of your various passwords and locks them behind one master password that makes browsing easier.
MasterPass

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If you're using a public computer, make sure to follow this safety procedure:
Hunch over your keyboard so no one can watch you enter your password.
Never login to important Web sites.
Always make sure to log out of your accounts when finished.
Make sure you never leave your accounts logged in -- the next person to use that computer could gain access to your information.

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Who sells the Time Capsule, a backup storage device for automatically saving data?
Apple
Apple's Time Capsule makes backing up data from Mac computers a seamless process.
Western Digital
Seagate

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Which of these backup storage mediums should you use?
Local storage on a hard drive
Remote storage in the cloud
Both
Both, of course! Phsyical media can be damaged, and servers can crash, but you're much safer having your data backed up twice. Redundancy is insurance.

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Which of these popular cloud storage providers hit 25 million users in 2011?
Secure Backup
Windows Live Mesh
Dropbox
Dropbox has grown from a tiny startup launched in 2008 to an extremely popular cloud storage solution.

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How much storage does Dropbox offer to users for free?
250 megabytes
2 gigabytes
Free users start off with 2GB, but can unlock several more gigabytes by inviting friends to the service.
5 gigabytes

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This major company got into the cloud storage game in early 2011.
Microsoft
Amazon
Amazon launched its Cloud Drive and Cloud Music hosting in early 2011.
Dell

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Microsoft runs two different cloud storage systems. What are they?
Windows Live Skydrive and Windows Live Mesh
Skydrive is built for storing files, while Mesh is built for syncing files across multiple systems via the cloud.
Windows Server and Windows Live Mesh
Windows Hotstore and Windows Live Mesh

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This hacking group made a name for itself by hacking Fox News, Bethesda Game Studios and Sony in 2011.
Anonymous
LulzSec
LulzSecurity, or LulzSec, hacked a number of Web sites, including government sites, over a period of several weeks in 2011.
Blackhat

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Which of these items does NOT make a good password?
A common phrase
Common phrases are easy to guess -- try to avoid real words like "mustang" or "gojets."
A made-up acronym
A random collection of numbers and letters

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How much does it cost to backup data in the cloud?
$0
If you're only saving a few gigabytes of data, the answer is $0! There are plenty of free cloud storage solutions out there.
$10 per year
$100 per year

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Many reliable sites that handle personal and financial information use this kind of encryption.
HTTP
FTP
HTTPS
HTTPS, or Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure, encrypts data traveling from your computer to the Web server to ensure none of your information is stolen.

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These sites are fun, but they can also cause us to share more personal information online than we should. What are they?
Survey sites
Social networking sites
Social networking sites often encourage us to post our locations, names, ages and other identifying information online, which makes it easier for people to uncover more details -- like our social security numbers.
Shopping sites

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This hacking tool matches a list of words against the letters in your password to try to find a match.
Codebreaker
Dictionary
A hacking dictionary runs through real words to try to break your password. That's why you should always use numbers and symbols!
Digital lockpick

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You Got:
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