What is Computer Hacking? - Definition, Prevention & History

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Hacking involves activities practiced by individuals, organizations, and _____ in order to gain unauthorized access into computer and technology dependent systems.

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1. Prevention from being phished by hackers involves _____.

2. Anti-virus installations and updates are a hacking preventive measure because _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet set help you make sure you understand computer hacking. See if you can explain what hacking is and how it can be prevented.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Answer these questions to be sure you know about:

  • The reason antivirus software is classified as hacking prevention
  • Ways to protect yourself from phishing attacks
  • The actors who participate in hacking activities

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as what activities can and cannot prevent hacking
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the major changes to hacking in the 1980's
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about who participates in hacking activities and ways individuals can protect themselves

Additional Learning

To find out more about this type of cyber crime, read the lesson titled What is Computer Hacking? - Definition, Prevention & History. This lesson covers important topics like:

  • The origins of hacking and computer hacking
  • Terms used to refer to hackers with malicious intent
  • The importance of maintaining updated applications
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