knowthenet – a new online advice site funded by Nominet -  has launched a Threat Test designed to assess an Internet user’s vulnerability to a variety of common online scams.

Security experts,  have developed the online quiz to assesses a person’s ability to identify different types of Internet scams and gives them an online safety score. Research, commissioned by knowthenet, recently identified professional women aged 25-34 as the most likely demographic, in Britain, to fall victim to Internet-based scams but are inviting people of all ages and from all walks of life to have a go at the 13 questions that make up the Threat Test.

Split into four sections; social networking, phishing, malware and counterfeit goods. The test presents individuals with examples of real-life scams, within a safe environment, and asks what their response would be to each. Throughout the test, relevant advice and guidance is given on how to stay safe online and once completed, the individual is provided with an overall threat level based on their score. It is also supported by a series of educational films on knowthenet’s YouTube channel so at the very least if you you get a low score you have a chance to find out why and make sure you educate yourself.

What was your score? Did you surprise yourself?

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