Happy Friday! Well, folks I'm back after surviving another relaxing family
vacation in Maui, Hawaii. For those who have never been, Hawaii is one
of those places that forces you to relax, even if you don't want
to. The people and the overall atmosphere are friendly, the weather is
almost always pleasant, and the "island lifestyle" is all so kicked
back that people just aren't in a hurry. This is the only place I know
of where many people actually drive at the speed limit or below it,
and a car horn is almost never to be heard (OK, maybe on Oahu).
Boy, I sound like an infomercial for Hawaii, don't I? It's not my
intention, it's just that I enjoy the islands and I want to share it
with you all.
But enough about Hawaii, let's move on to this week's topic on
those "security questions" found on many sites. And if you aren't
familiar with what we speak of, check out the Wikipedia source.
Today it seems like you can't sign up on a Web site without being
subjected to a bunch of security questions like "Who was
your childhood best friend?" , "What was the mascot of your high
school?", and "Who was your first kiss?" These security questions
are secondary security for a Web site, for instance, if you forget your
password or need to reset it or access the Web site from an unrecognized
computer. But member Gernot has his beef with them. He's concerned
they are an invasion of privacy, but also a security risk if you answer them
honestly. And if you don't honestly answer them, you may forget and will
need to write the answers down, which is another security risk in itself! So
what is there to do?
Well Gernot, I can understand your concerns and also annoyances. But
just remember, they're there for your security, so be thankful it's
used only as a secondary security gate and we don't have to answer them
every time we have to log in to those sites! But who knows, if things
continually to get compromised often enough, one day we
eventually may be faced with this every time, but let's hope not.
While most secure sites inevitably will have these so-called "security
questions," many of your fellow members offered up their advice and
personal practices, ranging from easy-to-remember guides to using
"untrue answers" for those questions to how to be more diligent about
password creation and insights on Web site log-ins. So everyone,
give them a read and join in on the conversation. And if you have more
tips or ideas, please share them! Have a great weekend everyone,
and thank you for your help!
Q: Am I only the one who has concerns over those "security questions" on
Hello everyone. As I'm doing more and more things online, the one
thing that I've come to really hate are those "security questions."
The idea that there could be questions that are easy for me to
remember but impossible for others to research in itself is absurd,
but many Web sites insist that I must answer these questions. This is a
big problem for me:
-- The questions themselves are an invasion of privacy.
-- If I were to answer honestly, that would be a huge security risk,
since it is not so hard to find out the answers with a little bit of
-- If I make up bogus answers, I have to write them down somewhere,
which is a huge inconvenience and also a security risk in itself.
For awhile I have attempted to boycott sites that use security
questions, but this practice has become so pervasive that it seems
no longer possible to do so. How do other members deal with this?
What's the legal status? These questions are such a big security risk,
I feel certain that there must already be cases where accounts have
been compromised. Have companies been held accountable? Are there
any signs that this practice will soon come to an end? Best regards.
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and seemly indestructible versus their spinning HD cousins.
Granted, most factory-installed SSDs top out at 256GB (ultrabooks and
MacBook Airs) with a few at 512GB. Aftermarket prices range from
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$696 for a 512GB SSD (depending upon the manufacturer). A Crucial M4
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