Computer security is a high priority for me. I think it should be for everyone. One of my former clients is an executive at Experian. In addition to credit monitoring, they offer monitoring of the “dark web” where they watch for my personal identity information that is sold on the black market. They also have a blog that provides helpful information.
A recent blog suggested a technique that seems totally obvious now that they said it. It addresses one of my biggest concerns. Here it is – many sites use a security question like: “What’s your mother’s maiden name?”, “What is the name of your favorite pet?” and similar questions. But because many websites use the same questions, if one website is compromised, I am exposed on other sites.
Make it up
Their suggestion is to not tell the truth! Make up the answer to your mother’s maiden name or pet’s name. The name is not validated. You only need to remember what you answered if you forget your password. Your mother’s maiden name can be different for every site if you choose!Continue Reading