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Old 02-12-2018, 12:12pm   #1 (permalink)
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What is the purpose of having to provide answers to a number of "security" questions when setting up an account (non-bank) or trying access an account (bank)?

Do they really need this information for security purposes, or are they harvesting personal information?

Whatever it is, it really annoys me.
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You're providing the answers in case you need to use them later to regain access...no?
If you click the "forgot your password" link, they then want you to answer your security questions.
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What is the purpose of having to provide answers to a number of "security" questions when setting up an account (non-bank) or trying access an account (bank)?

Do they really need this information for security purposes, or are they harvesting personal information?

Whatever it is, it really annoys me.
Are they asking you for answers to questions to be used in the event that you forget a username or password?
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Back up questions if you for get your PIN or other access codes.
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Do they really need this information for security purposes, or are they harvesting personal information?
It's primarily to judge you as a person.
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What is the purpose of having to provide answers to a number of "security" questions when setting up an account (non-bank) or trying access an account (bank)?

Do they really need this information for security purposes, or are they harvesting personal information?

Whatever it is, it really annoys me.
The make something inherently super dangerous, security wise, like resetting a forgotten password or, like we had to do last week, security connect our checking account to PayPal so I could accept some money from some Apple stuff I sold. It was asking questions my wife had answered way back when she set up her online banking. I appreciated that they made you dance through a few extra hoops.
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Ummm, just out of curiosity....what were the answers you gave to the security questions?

And what account, specifically was it?


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Two-factor authentication. Tougher to break if you're so inclined.
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Ummm, just out of curiosity....what were the answers you gave to the security questions?

And what account, specifically was it?


Applied to for a job this morning. Had to create an account on their site. They had those stupid security questions. To create an account. Before I could submit my resume. And I'll probably never access that site again.
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Applied to for a job this morning. Had to create an account on their site. They had those stupid security questions. To create an account. Before I could submit my resume. And I'll probably never access that site again.
I keep a spreadsheet for stuff like that.
And I group them up by function and severity.

Super secret stuff like a Bank account stays on a thumb drive as well as paper backup, and locked away.
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I keep a spreadsheet for stuff like that.
And I group them up by function and severity.

Super secret stuff like a Bank account stays on a thumb drive as well as paper backup, and locked away.
The hospital I volunteer at has a website that all personnel have to log onto for various things. As a volunteer, the only reason I have to log on is once a year to verify I have had a flu shot, or if I'm declining one. So I set up the account a few years ago as instructed, then did the password and additional security questions.

Problem is, I only go there one a year and the password expires every three months. So I just go to HR and have them get me on there. Easier for me that way. Plus, some good looking chicks in HR.
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The hospital I volunteer at has a website that all personnel have to log onto for various things. As a volunteer, the only reason I have to log on is once a year to verify I have had a flu shot, or if I'm declining one. So I set up the account a few years ago as instructed, then did the password and additional security questions.

Problem is, I only go there one a year and the password expires every three months. So I just go to HR and have them get me on there. Easier for me that way. Plus, some good looking chicks in HR.
Pics of good looking HR chicks?
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As my dad's dementia progressed, we had to reset several passwords to different accounts...multiple times. He had written down the passwords, but not for which account. I'd change it to something I could remember, and he'd come back the next day and change it with help from the 1-800 number.


One time I asked him a security question, and he spits out what seemed to be a completely unrelated answer. I turned around with a little confusion on my face, and in a moment of complete clarity he says, "That's the answer to all my security questions. You don't think I could remember the right ones, do you?"
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I use the same password for all sites....lazy.....
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