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    Spyware quiz

    McAfee has a quiz testing one's ability to recognize websites that contain adware and spyware. According to the site, of the 14,000 who had taken the quiz, "Nearly every user (95%) was fooled into thinking at least one dangerous site was safe. . . . Based on their choices, a majority of users (65%) would have been infected with adware or spyware many times over. A mere 3% of quiz takers received perfect scores. The average was 4.7 correct answers out of 8, or 59% correct, suggesting that typical users will fail to accurately assess the safety of Web sites 41% of the time."

    (I scored 7 out of 8, a couple of which were lucky guesses.)

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    Re: Spyware quiz

    It's difficult to guess which sites are safe just from the way they look - which is one of the points McAfee is trying to make, of course. I'd tend to avoid ALL of those.

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    Re: Spyware quiz

    I agree - I wouldn't go to any of those places either. I like to think that I am experienced enough to know that there is no such thing as a free lunch.

    Why do others not know this?

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    Re: Spyware quiz

    Dennis,
    7 out of 8 guesses also. <img src=/S/cop.gif border=0 alt=cop width=15 height=24>
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    Re: Spyware quiz

    I count mine as a perfect score, I wouldn't visit any of those sites.

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    Re: Spyware quiz

    Am I missing something? I know I don't always live up to my name but am I just confused? Is this just quinquagenarian cranial flatulence? Other than getting 7 out of 8 also, they were simply toss of the coin guesses - I have no clue why I got any right, or how I missed one as all were just guesses based on years in IT telling me what "type" of sites to avoid if I want to avoid malware.

    Since I don't do P2P, my desktop is blue (no pictures), my screen saver is black, and I rarely smile, so I agree with Stuart, I would never go to those sites anyway. But again, in terms of this being a valid quiz, am I missing something? There was one, I think, where the url did not match the product - other than that, these are just jpg images. There was no way to hover over links or look for other signs. In terms of completing this quiz, how is anyone suppose to tell from these jpg images - short of calling up another browser session and visiting those sites? For those of you that say some were guesses - what made the other quiz questions obvious?

    Is this just a scare tactic/advertising ploy by McAfee trying to sell their Site Advisor?
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    Re: Spyware quiz

    > Is this just a scare tactic/advertising ploy by McAfee trying to sell their Site Advisor?

    SiteAdisor is free, so they're not trying to sell it in the literal sense.

    I agree that it's virtually impossible to determine from the screenshots which sites are 'clean' and which aren't. And as I mentioned higher up in this thread, that's probably the moral of this story'.

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    Re: Spyware quiz

    <hr>>> Is this just a scare tactic/advertising ploy by McAfee trying to sell their Site Advisor?

    >SiteAdisor is free, so they're not trying to sell it in the literal sense.<hr>

    Well, other than getting you hooked on McAfee products!
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