March 31, 2021

If easily searchable security questions like “What is your mothers maiden name” are so vulnerable, then why are they so common as pre made questions?

Nooby noob here and I dont know much about cyber security but I’ve been wondering this one question for a while now. Any insights or answers are appreciated :)



People are dumb, basically.

This is why I do thins like pick “Mother’s Maiden Name” and answer it with a sentence like, “My dog raps with honeybees”


When these question were started security did not exist (or no one cared). At the same time, too many people still forget passwords/keys and need some way to recover. If everyone was at Snowden level (i.e) know to use encrypted stuff then one does not need.

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