Security Questions

Have a look at the following screenshot and try to guess what’s wrong with it?

preferred internet password


This screenshot was captured from the US National Archives’ signup page (click here then click on New User). It asks for a challenge question and challenge answer, in case you forget your password. The problem here is one of the questions, “What is your preferred internet password?“.

Why would you give someone this information?

Challenge questions and answers are a way to recover lost passwords. Unfortunately this information is often not encrypted – it’s less secure. So whatever you set for your challenge question and answer is sometimes vulnerable to hacking. Also, the questions are often things that other people can easily find out about you, like your pet’s name. This is why I don’t like them.


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