Spyware, viruses, & security forum: Am I only the one who has concerns over those "security questions" on Web sites?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) July 6, 2012 4:32 PM PDT

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Am I only the one who has concerns over those "security questions" on Web sites?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 7/6/12 4:32 PM

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Am I only the one who has concerns over those "security questions" on
Web sites?


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
research.
- 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,

-- Submitted by Gernot G.

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