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CylonRed
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join:2000-07-06
Bloom County
reply to JALevinworth

Re: Secret Security Questions Are a Joke

Problem is remembering what was used - that is why people answer them 'honestly' and truthfully. Many have to use the questions to begin with that by the time it is needed - people do not remember the one they used.

I have this issue with my birthplace - once I used the city my family lived in when I was born instead of the city name in the hospital (where I really was born). I continually locked myself out of the website because I could not remember which one I used. I figured the one I switched to would be easier to remember - I was wrong.
--
Brian

"It drops into your stomach like a Abrams's tank.... driven by Rosanne Barr..." A. Bourdain


JALevinworth

@embarqhsd.net
said by CylonRed:

Problem is remembering what was used - that is why people answer them 'honestly' and truthfully. Many have to use the questions to begin with that by the time it is needed - people do not remember the one they used.

I totally agree that it's easy to forget, and that's why consistency is key to remembering what these alternative answers are. That way when you do have to use the reminder it's not that hard to remember the alternative set - Far less hard than remembering passwords which always should be unique and not consistent.

Even more secure is mixing them up, as Snowy suggests too, but still using consistent alternate answers is still a far better system to have something else, anything else, than data that can be found elsewhere such as public records or even through social engineering.

-Jim