How safe are you online? Take our test!

In the new issue of MacFormat, we show you how to how to stay safe online. “Ah, but Macs don’t get viruses”, you say, “so I don’t have to worry about security”. While it’s true there are fewer viruses for the Mac than for PCs (and essentially none for iOS), that doesn’t mean you’re safe online. The dangers of getting tricked into giving away personal information, using insecure passwords and not understanding how to spot dodgy emails and websites are as damaging on Mac and iOS as on Windows and Android. Don’t panic, though – we explain how to protect yourself in the new issue. To see how savvy you are, take our test – the answers are below, but no cheating!

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1. You’ve received an email from customs@hmrc.gov.uk. What should you do?
(a) Ignore it if you haven’t bought anything from abroad.
(b) Deal with its contents before the end of the tax year.
(c) Report it to HM Customs and Excise as soon as possible.

2. I’ve just worked out what my ‘pornstar name’ is. It is:
(a) Pretty funny, actually! Tell me yours and I’ll tell you mine?
(b) A potentially useful tool for hackers who could use your mother’s maiden name to reset your passwords.
(c) Available for everyone to read on my blog, Facebook wall and Twitter stream.

3. When should you check for a padlock in your browser address bar?
(a) Whenever you’re shopping or doing online banking.
(b) When looking at mucky sites
you’d rather not have made public.
(c) When working with sensitive data or logged in to a password-protected site.

4. Which of the following options would offer the most secure level of encryption?
(a) A 40-bit key.
(b) A 128-bit key.
(c) A 256-bit key.

5. How can knowing your MAC address help you keep your wireless network secure?
(a) Irrelevant; I don’t use any Apple devices, so it doesn’t apply to me. (b)
It helps me to identify my machine
on a network.
(c) It lets me authorise my Mac to connect to my router and blocks all other wired or wireless devices.

6. Which of the following should I not make public on my wireless network?
(a) The password.
(b) The SSID (network name).
(c) Both of the above.

7. Which of the following is the most appropriate kind of wireless security for a home or small office network?
(a) WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access).
(b) WPA2-PSK (Wi-Fi Protected Access – Pre-Shared Key mode).
(c) WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy).

8 When reporting spam to a sender’s ISP, what should you include:
(a) Your full system spec and details of your email provider.
(b) The complete set of headers associated with the email.
(c) A covering note explaining why you believe the note to be spam.

9 How many of your passwords appear in the below list of the 22 most commonly used passwords?
password, 123456, 12345678, abc123, qwerty, monkey, letmein, dragon, 111111, baseball, iloveyou, trustno1, 1234567, sunshine, master, 123123, welcome, shadow, ashley, football, jesus, michael
(a) More than half of my passwords. Is that a problem?
(b) Fewer than half of my passwords, but that’s not too bad, right?
(c) Are you crazy? None of my passwords are on that list. (Or: I use a password manager.)

10 When selling an iPhone or iPad, what is the most important step to do?
(a) Back up all of your personal data. Losing it is unthinkable.
(b) Research the best prices on eBay. People will pay top dollar for one, so why miss out on some easy money?
(c) Restore its default settings.

Answers
Score 2 points each if you selected: 1c, 2b, 3c, 4c, 5c, 6c, 7b, 8b, 9c, 10c
Score 1 points each if you selected: 1a, 2a, 3a, 4b, 5b, 6a or 6b, 7a, 8c, 9b, 10a
Score no points for any of the following: 1b, 2c, 3b, 4a, 5a, 7c, 8a, 9a, 10b

How did you do?
11-20 Top notch!
Your security set-up could give the Alcatraz a run for its money. Why not treat yourself to a little reward while you’re at it? (Be sure to check for the browser padlock if you’re buying it online – but you already knew that.) You still want the new issue of MacFormat, but mostly for the reviews of the new iPhones and more, and tutorials to help you get the most from your Mac.

1-10 Good, but not great
You’re pretty savvy, but still a soft target for a hardened hacker. There are still a few extra steps to take that’ll do a lot to bolster your defences. Brush up with our tips in the new issue; we bet you’ll learn how to protect yourself better – and there’s loads more in the magazine too!

0 Poor show
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