Why do Apple’s security questions still suck?
It’s been two weeks, so why do Apple’s security questions still suck?
Here’s an example of questions you’ll be asked when you create an Apple ID:
And here’s the full list…
Security Question 1:
• What is your favorite children’s book?
• What is your dream job?
• What was your childhood nickname?
• What was the model of your first car?
• Who was your favorite singer or band in high school?
• Who was your favorite film star or character in school?
Security Question 2:
• What was the first name of your first boss?
• In what city did your parents meet?
• What was the name of your first pet?
• What is the first name of your best friend in high school?
• What was the first film you saw in the theater?
• What was the first thing you learned to cook?
Security Question 3:
• What is the last name of your favorite elementary school teacher?
• Where did you go the first time you flew on a plane?
• What is the name of the street where you grew up?
• What is the name of the first beach you visited?
• What was the first album that you purchased?
• What is the name of your favorite sports team?
The problem is painfully obvious — the questions are far too subjective or else are based on easily obtainable information.
What then does one do?
Whatever the question, create a nonsense answer. But then you’ll have another problem… you’ll forget the nonsense when needed.
So what next then?
Use your password manager’s note field:
Hopefully you’ll never need to use your answer — make sure nobody else can either.
For related advice, please see our article on dealing with passwords.
On 16/09/14 At 01:46 PM