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Snap Matt
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Security questions

Post by Snap Matt » Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:37 pm

I just had to register an online account for a pension scheme I was enrolled in. After the usual password malarkey they asked for three security questions - among the usual ones like your favourite place, first pet etc, they had something along the lines of "Which historical figure would you must like to act as your mentor?"

It was tempting to pick that one and give Hitler as the answer, hoping there was an equivalent of a profanity filter. What may have seemed funny at that moment might not be so memorable if I ever want to try and log on to their site ever again. It certainly isn't something I would want to repeat if I was phoning them up; worse still if the person on the other end agreed with the idea.

In the end I chose a factual question instead.

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Re: Security questions

Post by JMFangio » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:22 am

If someone wants to nick your identity, then things like mother's maiden name, first pet, etc are probably all available on your Facebook page, however if Adolf actually was your preferred mentor, I doubt you'd advertise the fact all over the 'net, unless you were Alex Jones, that is.

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Re: Security questions

Post by Snap Matt » Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:23 pm

Even without having a Facebook page myself (assuming they did delete it as requested some ten years ago), I imagine they would be able to sell a list that contains my mothers maiden name to anyone willing to pay. Anyone that has shared their porn star name will have given the identity thieves a head start anyway.

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