This Halloween was almost nonexistent in our New York City suburb, as the entire region was recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In fact, the mayor officially cancelled trick-or-treating due to all the downed trees, loose power lines and dark streets and sidewalks.
Our street was one of the few left with any power — and still is as of this writing, three days later. Because so few homes in our town have power, the schools have been opened up to residents for mobile-phone charging, and their computer labs have been opened up to enable PC Internet usage.
So it comes with a tiny bit of irony that the next project in Trend Micro’s Digital Joneses Study has arrived: a Halloween-themed online security knowledge test! My family is participating in this year-long project, which brings together bloggers and their families to “examine issues affecting individual members of a modern, digitally-connected household.”
The latest project includes a test that probes your knowledge of zombies, ghosts and goblins — and Internet security threats.
To be honest, I never realized that so many Internet threats — including viruses and scams — shared so much terminology with Halloween and horror movies. Yet they do.
Also, did you know that only 32% of parents regularly visit their child’s social media profile? Now that’s scary!
Disclosure: The Digital Joneses Study occasionally includes provisioning of tech gadgets and related assets.