CompTIA Security Plus Mock Test Q786

A security administrator wants to deploy security controls to mitigate the threat of company employees’ personal information being captured online. Which of the following would BEST serve this purpose?

A. Anti-spyware
B. Antivirus
C. Host-based firewall
D. Web content filter

Correct Answer: A
Section: Application, Data and Host Security

Explanation:
Spyware monitors a user’s activity and uses network protocols to reports it to a third party without the user’s knowledge. This is usually accomplished using a tracking cookie.

Incorrect Answers:
B: Antivirus software is used to protect systems against viruses, which are a form of malicious code designed to spread from one system to another, consuming network resources.
Computer viruses do not capture user information.
C: A host-based firewall is installed on a client system and is used to protect the client system from the activities of the user as well as from communication from the network or
Internet.
D: Web content filtering is a form of content inspection in which the content of a web page is inspected against a blacklist of unwanted terms. This would not prevent user information
being captured online.

References:
Dulaney, Emmett and Chuck Eastton, CompTIA Security+ Study Guide, 6th Edition, Sybex, Indianapolis, 2014, pp. 161-162, 300
Stewart, James Michael, CompTIA Security+ Review Guide, Sybex, Indianapolis, 2014, pp. 19, 246