How well did you do when you tested your knowledge of cyber security in our quiz? Check out the full answers below.
1. The Microsoft warning – CORRECT ANSWER: SCAM
- Windows does not contact its customers through pop-up messages. Turning off your computer cannot result in the loss of your data so if you see this message, close your internet browser by clicking CTRL + ALT + DEL on your keyboard and navigating to the Task Manager.
- HINT: If you ever see a pop up telling you to call a number, it’s likely a scam.
2. The Google Chrome browser warning – CORRECT ANSWER: LEGITIMATE
- This is your Internet browser trying to warn you against visiting a dangerous site. If you see this, press the back button right away! It will take you back to your previous page and not redirect you which is a good sign that this is legitimate.
3. The email from Bank of America – CORRECT ANSWER: SCAM
- You can verify you is sending you emails by looking at the email address the message was sent from. Postmaster@tevbulten.com is not an email address that Bank of America would contact you from! If you see an email from a suspicious sender like this, delete it.
4. The Facebook login page – CORRECT ANSWER: LEGITIMATE
- Do you see the yellow lock in the address bar? That’s the website’s security certificate. You can click on it for more details. Once you know the site is secure, go ahead and log in.
5. McAfee Warning – CORRECT ANSWER: SCAM
- Despite the fact that the scammers used McAfee’s logo, the real McAfee would never tell you to call support to remove viruses. This is an example of a scammer trying to get you to call them and pay them. Close the program, and run a FixMeStick scan.
6. The Department of Justice warning – CORRECT ANSWER: SCAM
- This is a classic example of ransomware. No government agency will ever contact you through a pop up. If you see this message on your computer, NEVER pay – you won’t get your files back even if you do. Instead, run a FixMeStick scan right away!
7. The text message from Wells Fargo – CORRECT ANSWER: SCAM
- Your bank is not likely to contact you via text message. Text message scams are just as dangerous as online ones. Don’t follow links that unknown numbers send to your phone, especially if they’re threatening. Delete the message immediately!
- If you’re unsure, visit the website of your bank and contact them through there to double check.
Be sure to share this article with a friend so they learn the different between fake and real warnings!