Infosec Know IT All Trivia: Secure passwords

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Test your knowledge of secure passwords with these trivia questions. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the correct answer.

1.) In password protection, this is a random string of data used to modify a password hash.
a. sheepdip
b. salt
c. bypass
d. dongle

2.) A visitor to your company could steal user passwords using this direct observation technique.
a. emanation monitoring
b. chaffing
c. hijacking
d. shoulder surfing

3.) This method used by password crackers to identify correct passwords involves running through combinations of characters within a predetermined length until the correct combination is found.
a. scanning
b. brute-force
c. phreaking
d. dictionary search

4.) This should be used to help strengthen password security by setting guidelines for password length, types of characters to be used, frequency of changing passwords and who has access to them.
a. authentication
b. smart card
c. password policy
d. authorization

5.) This is a place in the Linux operating system where encoded passwords are stored so that they aren't available to intruders trying to break into the system.
a. signature file
b. Encrypting File System
c. shadow password file
d. AVI file

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1.) b. salt
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2.) d. shoulder surfing
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3.) b. brute force
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4.) c. password policy
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5.) c. shadow password file
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This was last published in December 2003

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