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Free Security+ Practice Test Questions

If you’re preparing for the Security+ SY0-401 exam, you might like to check your readiness with some free Security+ practice test questions. This page includes three free Security+ practice test questions from the following objective in the SY0-401 exam.

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Objective 3.2 Analyze and differentiate among types of attacks

  • Man-in-the-middle
  • DDoS
  • DoS
  • Replay
  • Smurf attack
  • Spoofing
  • Spam
  • Phishing
  • Spim
  • Vishing
  • Spear phishing
  • Xmas attack
  • Pharming
  • Privilege escalation
  • Malicious insider threat
  • DNS poisoning and ARP poisoning
  • Transitive access
  • Client-side attacks

The full explanations of all each of these free Security+ practice test questions are covered in the CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-401 Study Guide. This study guide includes over 440 realistic Security+ practice test questions to help you pass the Security+ exam, the first time you take it.

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Security+ Practice Test Question 1

Q. Bob reported receiving a message from his bank prompting him to call back about a credit card. When he called back, an automated recording prompted him to provide personal information to verify his identity and then provide details about his bank and credit card accounts. What type of attack is this?

A. Phishing

B. Whaling

C. Vishing

D. VoIP

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Security+ Practice Test Question 2

Q. Attackers sent a targeted email attack to the President of a company. What best describes this attack?

A. Phishing

B. Spam

C. Whaling

D. Botnet

Answer at end of post.

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Security+ Practice Test Question 3

Q. What can mitigate ARP poisoning attacks in a network?

A. Disable unused ports on a switch

B. Man-in-the-middle

C. DMZ

D. VLAN segregation

Answer at end of post.


These practice test questions are derived from the CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead- SY0-401 Practice Test Questions book. It includes 275 realistic practice test questions with in-depth explanations for the CompTIA Security+ SY0-401 exam. If you’ve been studying for this exam and want to test your readiness, this book is for you.


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- Performance Based Question - Set 1

You'll see a graphic explaining what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match different types of security to mobile devices and servers in a data center. You'll then have two questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

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You'll see a graphic explaining what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match different types of attacks with the name of the attack type. You'll then have five questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

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You'll see a list of security controls along with a graphic showing devices and locations within an organization, along with instructions on what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match the controls with the devices and locations. You'll then have four questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

- Performance Based Question - Set 7

You'll see a list of authentication methods and authentication factors along with instructions on what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match the authentication methods with the authentication factors. You'll then have six questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This set also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

- Performance Based Question - Set 8

You'll see a graphic explaining what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match different types of attacks with the name of the attack type. You'll then have five questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This is similar to Set 2 but expands on the possibilities. The set also includes a link to a page showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

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Additional Security+ questions to help you prepare for the new performance based questions. These are included with the full bank of Security+ practice test questions and are divided into different sections. For example, you'll have access to the following links:

- Performance Based Question - Set 1

You'll see a graphic explaining what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match different types of security to mobile devices and servers in a data center. You'll then have two questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

- Performance Based Question - Set 2

You'll see a graphic explaining what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match different types of attacks with the name of the attack type. You'll then have five questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

- Performance Based Question - Set 3

You'll see a graphic showing a network with computers and servers separated by a firewall. The firewall is used to control traffic between the computers and users using rules within an access control list (ACL).  You'll have three questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly identify the relevant components of the rule. The incorrect answers and explanation provide you with insight into how to correctly answer this type of question on the actual exam.

- Performance Based Question - Set 4

You'll see a graphic explaining what you might be required to do on the actual exam related to what a forensic analyst would do during an investigation. You'll then have two questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

- Performance Based Question - Set 5

You'll see a graphic explaining what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match protocols and ports. You'll then have seven questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

- Performance Based Question - Set 6

You'll see a list of security controls along with a graphic showing devices and locations within an organization, along with instructions on what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match the controls with the devices and locations. You'll then have four questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This question also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

- Performance Based Question - Set 7

You'll see a list of authentication methods and authentication factors along with instructions on what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match the authentication methods with the authentication factors. You'll then have six questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This set also includes a link to a graphic showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

- Performance Based Question - Set 8

You'll see a graphic explaining what you might be required to do on the actual exam to match different types of attacks with the name of the attack type. You'll then have five questions that test your knowledge and ability to correctly answer the questions. This is similar to Set 2 but expands on the possibilities. The set also includes a link to a page showing the end solution for the overall performance based question simulation.

New - Performance Based Question - Set 9

New questions recently added using a different testing engine. See a demo here. This set includes drag and drop and matching questions on ports.

New - Performance Based Question - Set 10

A random set of 20 performance-based questions using drag and drop, matching, sorting, and fill in-the blank. This set includes performance-based questions on RAID.

Get the full bank of Security+ Practice Test Questions Here

Simulated performance-based questions included with

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SY0-401: Exam Answer 1

Q. Bob reported receiving a message from his bank prompting him to call back about a credit card. When he called back, an automated recording prompted him to provide personal information to verify his identity and then provide details about his bank and credit card accounts. What type of attack is this?

A. Phishing

B. Whaling

C. Vishing

D. VoIP

Answer C is correct. Vishing is a form of phishing that uses recorded voice over the telephone.

A is incorrect. Phishing sends e-mail to users with the purpose of tricking them into revealing personal information (such as bank account information).

B is incorrect.  Whaling is a phishing attack that targets high-level executives.

D is incorrect. Voice over IP (VoIP) is a method used to send voice transmissions over a network. It is not an attack.

Objective: 3.2 Analyze and differentiate among types of attacks


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SY0-401 Exam: Answer 2

Q.Attackers sent a targeted email attack to the President of a company. What BEST describes this attack?

A. Phishing

B. Spam

C. Whaling

D. Botnet

Answer C is correct. Whaling is a phishing attack that targets high-level executives and phishing is an email attack.

A is incorrect. Whaling is a phishing attack that targets high-level executives, while phishing is a wide-scale attack using email.  This is a good example of how CompTIA often gives you two or more answers that could be correct but only one is the best answer.

B is incorrect. Spam is unsolicited email and phishing and whaling attacks are sent as spam, but spam itself isn’t a targeted attack.

D is incorrect. A botnet is a group of computers joined to a network and criminals control them with command and control servers.

Objective: 3.2 Analyze and differentiate among types of attacks

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SY0-401: Answer 3

Q. What can mitigate ARP poisoning attacks in a network?

A. Disable unused ports on a switch

B. Man-in-the-middle

C. DMZ

D. VLAN segregation

Answer D is correct. Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) poisoning attacks modify the hardware addresses in ARP cache to redirect traffic, and virtual local area network (VLAN) segregation can limit the scope of these attacks.
A is incorrect. Disabling unused physical ports on a switch is a good security practice, but it doesn’t prevent ARP poisoning attacks.

B is incorrect. A man-in-the middle attack can interrupt traffic, insert malicious code, and ARP poisoning is one way to launch a man-in-the middle attack.

C is incorrect. A DMZ provides access to services from Internet clients, while segmenting access to an internal network.

Objective: 3.2 Analyze and differentiate among types of attacks


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6 Comments

  1. Hi Dariil- For Q3, would you be kind enough to explain how a VLAN segregation can mitigate ARP cache poisoning attacks? I failed to understand it.

    Thanks in advance.

    • First, mitigate indicates reduce here.

      Second, think about how ARP works – it uses broadcasts and broadcasts do not pass routers, or to different VLANs configured on switches.

      Imagine a switch has 24 ports. An ARP poisoning attack can hit 24 ports.

      Now consider the same switch with three VLANs.

      This becomes three different broadcast domains.

      This limits the scope of any single ARP poisoning attack to 8 ports instead of 24.

      As an aside, based on your Facebook posts, I’m thinking you’re ready. When do you test?

      Hope this helps.

  2. Question #2 has the right answer but the wrong explanation… IPsec (and its definition) has nothing to do with a question about Whaling. 🙂

    • Thanks. I fixed it.

      • In answer A explanation to question 2 “Whaling” should be removed since what you are explaining is Phishing instead.

        By the way I really found your book very helpful and clear to use as a study guide. Inshallah I will be taking the test in the next week.

        • Hi Abu,

          Thanks for the feedback, and the kind words about the book.

          I modified the explanation to amplify the difference between generic phishing and targeted phishing (whaling).

          This is a good example of how CompTIA often gives you two or more answers that could be correct but only one is the best answer. Phishing is generic, while whaling and spear phishing are targeted forms of phishing and there are multiple ways that CompTIA can ask you about them.

          Good luck on the exam.

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