Today’s entry: “security questions” at websites (such as for credit cards) that ask you personal questions which do not have a unique answer, or whose actual, real, correct answer cannot be used because of a dumbass requirement that the answer have a certain number of characters.
Sorry, but questions like “who is your favorite singer?” and “what’s your favorite restaurant?” are terrible “security questions”…because their answers will change over time, and it’s very difficult to recall, several years later, what you might have answered years ago. (At least that’s true if you know lots of singers or eat out frequently.)
Worse yet, then you choose an option whose answer you’re reasonable certain to remember (“what was the first name of your childhood best friend?”; “what was the first name of the boss at your first job?”), and then you can’t use them due to the character-number requirement. Sorry – but if someone’s name is “Don” or “Li” and no one in the entire universe ever called them “Donald,” or there is no longer version of the name, the question is ruled out.
So, in recently filling out one of these in order to pay a card online, it’s iffy odds whether I’ll remember how I answered whatever their idiot questions were.
Are there people who think the answer to “favorite restaurant” is actually a constant?