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Make your security answer a little weirder

Most sites requiring registration ask you to choose a “secret question” to which only you supposedly know the answer. Of course, in the age of Google, the city where you were born and your mother’s maiden name may no longer be the best kept secrets in the world.

So, next time you register for a site and it asks for your response to a challenge question, choose something that’s completely insane, but really memorable to you.

As an example, for your birth city, you might type “Bubbleyum” or for your Mother’s maiden name, you might punch in “Chilean Sea Bass.” The point is to pick something 1) totally outlandish that’s 2) memorable to you. That way, you can be consistent in reusing your fake answers from one site to the next without the need for a lot of separate notes (while hopefully making the “correct” answers a little less useful to potential crackers).

Not military-grade stuff by a long shot, but a simple, painless way to safety up just a bit.

Related: check out this cool bookmarklet for giving your generic internet password an easy extra measure of obfuscation.

TOPICS: Tricks
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Sure, but “Cheerio” is a...

Sure, but “Cheerio” is a trivial password to crack with a dictionary attack. I suspect you’re better off with a very strong password, but a merely nonsensical reminder, although, for extra security, I guess you could consistently use a strong password as your reminder as well.

I just meant a) don’t use your “real” info and b) do choose something that’s easy to remember (but a dissimilar item to a normal surname name or city).




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