January 18, 2021

Why are “security questions” still in use?

Hi,

I’ definitely no expert in cybersecurity. But it baffles me all the time, when I’m asked form them.

I always try to avoid it or answer I them with nonsense.

I really don’t understand how it makes a system safer, if somebody can do some background check easily finds the answers and then gets access to account.

Still big companies like ebay are using it.

Am I missing here a point?

Comments

Lobstaparty

You are not. They are that bad. I recently got what’s your mother’s maiden name? Which company did you work at? What street did you grow up in, what county have you lived in. TdBank

Usernameistaken00

I just set them all the same as my randomly generated password for that site.

Mother’s maiden name?
G&7vz0’@tC4c7*’s29x

Street you lived on in elementary school? Well that’s a coincidence, also G&7vz0’@tC4c7*’s29x

Favorite color? No way! that’s also G&7vz0’@tC4c7*’s29x

Really wish they would go away but not happening anytime soon.

TrustmeImaConsultant

Yes, they are a key entry point of ID theft. Just treat them like additional password. My mother’s maiden Name is Sz3k%fwnvNu.

What? Are you xenophobic, it’s a fairly normal name on Epsilon Eridani. :)

billdietrich1

Security questions are fine as long as you invent random answers (and record those answers so you don’t forget them). Then they’re just like additional passwords. They are safe.

Mother’s maiden name ? Telephone.

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