March 8th is International Women’s Day and we’d like to celebrate it the best way we know how: by dropping some knowledge about online privacy and cybersecurity. Studies show that there are some important differences between how men and women behave online. Among other things, women tend to be more worried about their online safety (which is good), but less inclined to rely on software and hardware solutions (which is bad). Hopefully solving this cybersecurity quiz will reveal some dangers and teach you ways of protecting yourself.

Begin the quiz:

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1/6. The air is rich with productive chatter as you place your coffee and laptop on the table, asking the barista for the wifi password. It’s time to work on that laser weapon prototype for the military – just the traffic that caffeinated hackers are waiting for! Good thing you:

A women using wifi
Correct! Wrong!

2/6. You’ve finalized the laser weapon prototype plans and you’re now going to email a copy to your oligarch bestie, Dmitry. This requires discretion! Any ideas what the safest way to do it is?

A women writing an email
Correct! Wrong!

3/6. Your significant other once sent you a text, referring to your lasagna dinner as a “suicide bombing.” The joke caught on and now you find yourself answering some hard questions in a CIA black site. All of this could have been avoided if:

A women writting a message
Correct! Wrong!

4/6. Your friends can’t seem to shut up about this new video streaming service – Skynetflix. Apparently, they have that awesome Weirder Objects show. What the hell, you’ll give it a shot, just need to choose a password:

A women creating a password
Correct! Wrong!

5/6. Foiled by your wise VPN use, the café hacker waits for you to go the bathroom and steals your laptop in a caffeinated rage. “At last, the laser cannon is mine!” he screams after a fitful bout of maniacal laughter. This, however, is not his day because:

A man stealing a computer
Correct! Wrong!

6/6. “Ain’t nobody got time to read app permissions,” you whisper as you’re installing a camera filter app that’ll let you assume the guise of Tekashi 6ix9ine. You’re wrong of course, so let’s see which app you should get rid of:

A girl installing the apps
Correct! Wrong!

March 8th quiz, Final quiz setting
You are safe online!
You can see the code behind the thin veneer of the Great Digital. You are more than capable of reaping the benefits and sidestepping their inherent risks. Scammers and hackers dare not stand in your way! Hell, we bet you could hack the sprinkler system in your building if someone would please hold your Cosmo. …yet even a technomancer is weak without her toolbox, as our questions should demonstrate. Aside from anti-virus software and various browser security add-ons, we submit to you that there’s no one who’s privacy and security wouldn’t be improved by a VPN, an encrypted mailbox, and a password manager.
Almost there!
You’re tech-savvy enough to avoid most compromising situations that come your way. Only a cunning cybercriminal can hope to breach your defenses. Perhaps you won’t save the world from the next great online security threat, but you’ll take comfort in the fact that it’s unlikely to be you it affects the most! …yet you’re not out of the woods yet! Not without adequate tools, at least. Aside from anti-virus software and various browser security add-ons, we submit to you that there’s no one who’s privacy and security wouldn’t be improved by a VPN, an encrypted mailbox, and a password manager.
Commoner
Here’s the deal: let’s just say you won’t be hacking into the Pentagon anytime soon. Governments and corporations can consider your threat thoroughly contained. However, you’re not helpless by any stretch of the imagination – you doubt you’ve done enough for a Nigerian prince to give you millions in oil money, and you suspect Windows 10 can’t simply be downloaded from a link on the 5th page of Google. …yet you could certainly benefit from a few software solutions! Aside from anti-virus software and various browser security add-ons, we submit to you that there’s no one who’s privacy and security wouldn’t be improved by a VPN, an encrypted mailbox, and a password manager.
Barbarian
Now don’t get offended – after all, it was the barbarians who gave the killing blow to Rome. With that said, we worry about you. It keeps us up at night. Just yesterday, we had a dream you clicked on a massive blinking “DOWNLOAD FREE” button. We hope you’re alright. There are lots of benefits to reap online, but also lots of costly mistakes to make – hopefully a couple fewer after this quiz! …now don’t panic, there are things you can do, tools you can use to keep yourself safe. Aside from anti-virus software and various browser security add-ons, we submit to you that there’s no one who’s privacy and security wouldn’t be improved by a VPN, an encrypted mailbox, and a password manager.

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