Use Fake Answers For Security Questions

system security questionEx-Credit Card Thief Recommends Making Up Fake Answers To Security Questions:

In an interview, a former credit card thief talks about some of the scams he used to run on unwary consumers… instead of putting down the real answer to “What’s your mother’s maiden name?” put down “unicorn princess.”

I’d never be able to remember the fake answers.

Maybe you could put variations of the real answers. Some suggestions:

  • Spell the answer backwards. So say the question was “Where were you born?” and the answer “Toronto”, use “otnorot” instead.
  • Use fake answers associated with another family member instead of your own.
  • If the answers are not for verbal use, use character substitution to easily remember it. Eg. Use the letter located to the right of the actually letter on a keyboard, so “y” for “t”, “p” for “o”, etc.

How Long To Figure Out Your Password?

Password Brute Force Calculator provides an estimate on how long a computer would take to figure out (i.e. crack).

Your password is 13 characters long and has 367,034,448,698,777,600 combinations.
It takes 7,121,405.58 hours or 296,725.23 days to crack your password on computer that tries 25,769,803,776 passwords per hour.

Try your bank PIN!

(via LifeHacker)