February 22, 2012
Most websites ask you to pick and answer several security questions when you’re signing up with them. These questions will usually be things along the lines of “where were you born” or “what was your first pet’s name”. These questions are there to help protect you from an unauthorized person getting a hold of your password, or making major changes to your account. You can actually make your account even more secure if you know how to use these questions effectively.
It may surprise you to find that acquaintances-people who know the victims-attempt most hacks. This way, they are more likely to know the answers to the victims security questions. Through this, they may discover your password and have access to your accounts. To prevent this, you can make your security questions even more difficult. Yes, we know that often it is not possible to choose your own security questions. However, it is always possible to determine your own answers.
Treat your security questions like additional passwords. Instead of answering them truthfully, make up an answer to each of your security questions. As long as you keep those made up answers to yourself, and you don’t pick predictable made up answers, your security questions will act as additional passwords for your account. For example, Answer the question “Where were you born” with a completely random word – maybe something like “Oatmeal”. There’s no chance that someone trying to break into your account would guess that answer, and when they try to enter your actual place of birth, they’ll get denied access to your account.
The important thing to remember is your passwords! They are passwords, and not truthful answers, so forgetting them can mean that you will be locked out of your own profiles. Write them down and store them, and you will never confront a problem. Treating your passwords like security question is sure to increase the level of protection that guards your accounts.
Your personal information is important and any steps you can take to protect it are worth taking. Treat your security questions like passwords, and your personal information will be even more secure online. There are software packages that create and store all your passwords in the clouds so you can access them any time and any place.
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