Web Site Security Questions Going Too Far?

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  1. FFTT

    FFTT Member

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    Have you noticed signing up for certain web sites, the question selections for account recovery start getting more and more private and detailed?


    I mean how much do you reveal of certain background details before you put yourself at risk for I.D. fraud?

    Your first dog
    Your first girlfriend
    High school mascot
    Parental information
    Favorite brand of underwear
    Last 4
    Your first car


    You know what I mean.
     
  2. hellbender

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    give the same response for all. saves grief.
     
  3. sausagefingers

    sausagefingers Supporting Member

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    I wish everything was biometric. Fingers or eyeball scans to confirm identities.

    I agree, it seems like we're forced to give out too many personal details. Its none of your damn business Bank of America where I went to elementary school.
     
  4. hellbender

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    They do it to prevent their fraud issue, not yours.
     
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  5. FFTT

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    Still, you are creating a profile of yourself if you answered those questions so you can remember what the heck you said.
     
  6. Tom CT

    Tom CT Old Supporting Member Gold Supporting Member

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    None of those questions bother me in the least. :dunno
     
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  7. Cymbaline

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    Most of the time, the questions are of the "What is your favorite" this or that variety, which is stupid because it can change depending on your mood. Favorite color, favorite author, favorite song, favorite preamp tube, etc, etc.

    I just give the same answer for every question.
     
  8. dhdfoster

    dhdfoster Silver Supporting Member

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    In my experience, you only choose one, or just a couple, to answer. If you're answering all of them, you're doing it wrong.

    I'm also in the not bothered at all camp.
     
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  9. Jason_77

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    The quickest way to compromise your security is to answer those questions honestly. Use a word or phrase that's easy for you to remember but has nothing to do with the question.
     
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    One developer was far too preoccupied with everyone's love life. At some recent site I was asked who my first kiss was, where it was, etc.
     
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    Just use "Password" as your password but make the 'o' a zero.
     
  12. Jamalot

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    My Dudes.

    You can lie.
     
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  13. FFTT

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    Who we are, what we do, what we say, where we go, when we go, who we meet, what we buy and were we shop has never been under such tremendous surveillance.

    My daughters wonder why I don't have a FB acct.
     
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  14. FFTT

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    Understood totally, but then I have to remember how the heck I answered and on which site.
     
  15. Jamalot

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    On my work computer, i have a sticker on which i've written myself a clue only i would understand in case i forget my LAN password.

    I'm waiting for the day corp security notices.
     
  16. Amplifier Owner

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    My 401K site asked me what I was wearing. As I result, I haven't been able to check my balance for 17 years.
     
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  17. stevieboy

    stevieboy Clouds yell at me Silver Supporting Member

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    My first pet was Barbara Eden.

    IIRC. Maybe I just imagined it.
     
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  18. stevieboy

    stevieboy Clouds yell at me Silver Supporting Member

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    I always tell my wife to remember the color of the SUV we parked next to, so we can find our car easier when we leave.
     
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  19. FFTT

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    What if we made them jump through the same hoops to prove they are a legit web site?
     
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