Sunday, November 04, 2012

Password security questions in Social Networking Age

Whenever I call the bank customer care, they ask my date of birth, last 4 digits of a/c number or debit card or mother's maiden name. These days I wonder how strong these authorization controls are, as some of them can be easily taken from one's online profile.

To confirm, I took a list of common password security questions from online to check how many of those can be answered by having access to one's social networking profiles - FB/G+/LinkedIn - and not surprised - A lot of them can be answered. If the person is a contact/friend, then almost all.

My dear young cousins and elder uncles - please keep an eye on what you share on facebook/orkut/G+.

I removed some poor and obvious ones. Here goes the list:-
  • What was your childhood nickname?
  • What is the name of your favorite childhood friend?
  • What is your oldest sibling’s birthday month and year? (e.g., January 1900)
  • What school did you attend for sixth grade?
  • What is your oldest cousin's first and last name?
  • In what city does your nearest sibling live?
  • In what city or town was your first job?
  • What is the name of the place your wedding reception was held?
  • What was the name of your elementary / primary school?
  • What is the name of the company of your first job?
  • To what city did you go on your honeymoon?
  • What is your current car registration number?
  • What month and day is your anniversary? (e.g., January 2)
  • What is your grandmother's first name?
  • What is your mother's middle name?
  • What is the last name of your favorite high school teacher?
  • What was the make and model of your first car?
  • Where did you vacation last year?
  • What is the name, breed, and color of current pet?
  • What is your preferred musical genre?
  • What is the name of the first undergraduate college you attended?
  • What was your high school mascot?
  • What year did you graduate from High School?
  • What is the name of the first school you attended?
  • What was your favorite sport in high school?
  • What is the name of the High School you graduated from?
  • What is your pet's name?
  • In what year was your father born?
  • In what year was your mother born?
  • What is your mother’s (father's) first name?
  • What is your mother's maiden name?
  • What was the color of your first car?
  • What is your father's middle name?

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