Decrypt This: The Password Management Software Quiz
by Staff
Password management software corrals all of your wayward little passwords together while keeping them out of the clutches of hackers. Curious about how this shepherding software works? Take our quiz to test your skills.

True or False: Password management software makes sure you keep all your passwords synchronized between accounts.

  • True
  • False

Which of the following has made the biggest impact on the need for password management?

  • personal computing at home
  • e-mail
  • the Web

Why use password management software instead of just keeping a document on your computer with all your passwords listed there?

  • Your passwords are not hidden from view while they're on your screen.
  • The password file is as vulnerable to hacker attacks as other files on your computer.
  • Both a and b

How does Internet Explorer keep its saved passwords secure when you're using Microsoft Windows?

  • It doesn't do anything to keep saved passwords secure.
  • It encrypts the password file in your user account.
  • It saves passwords to the Windows registry.

True or False: Firefox saves passwords in a database.

  • True
  • False

Web browser features that save passwords leave those passwords particularly vulnerable to what type of attack?

  • malware
  • dictionary
  • brute force

Which of the following is the greatest threat to your passwords if you're using dedicated password management software?

  • someone reading passwords over your shoulder
  • malware obtaining your password data
  • a hacker logged in as you on your local computer

True or False: Aurora password management software can replace all the form-filling features available in Web browsers.

  • True
  • False

Which PC manufacturer took password encryption to the hardware level with a specially designed security chip?

  • Lenovo
  • Dell
  • HP

Which of these password management options works on several different desktop and mobile operating systems?

  • the password manager in Norton 360 security software
  • Aurora's standalone password management application
  • RoboForm, a password management Web app

How often should you require a password to access your computer?

  • when you boot the computer
  • when you boot the computer or wake it up after it has been idle
  • when you boot the computer, wake it up after it has been idle or step away from the screen long enough for the screen saver to kick in

In what scenario might Web-based password management be your best option?

  • You only use computer your when you're at home and you live on your own.
  • You only use one computer, but you travel with it a lot.
  • You use multiple computers in different locations running different operating systems.

In what scenario might keeping a hand-written or printed record of your passwords be a safe and reliable option?

  • You only use your computer when you're at home and you live on your own.
  • You only use one computer, but you travel with it a lot.
  • You use multiple computers in different locations running different operating systems.

Which of the following can be specially designed to find passwords on your computer and send them to a hacker elsewhere on the Internet?

  • worms
  • malware
  • spyware

Which of the following is your best defense against malware hacking your saved passwords?

  • Use reliable and frequently updated anti-virus software.
  • Make sure all your saved passwords are different from each other.
  • Encrypt all the files associated with passwords.

You may not be able to stop every hacker, but you can deter many of them from accessing the password data on your computer by doing what?

  • using fake passwords in place of real ones
  • using a complex password or strong encryption
  • using counter-hacking software

Instead of or in addition to a master password, you might require a fingerprint or retinal scan to unlock your password data. What type of data is this called?

  • bionic
  • biosecurity
  • biometric

True or False: For best security, you should never change your master password for your password management software.

  • True
  • False

Embedded security chips and other hardware can make which password management risk even riskier?

  • having your computer stolen
  • malware attacks
  • losing the master password or key

What's the best way to minimize your risks when using Web-based password management software?

  • Research the company and the product to determine if it's worth the risk.
  • Start using a free trial version.
  • Don't use it in multiple browsers.