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February 13th, 2014
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Ten Things About Me

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From:mrissa
Date:February 13th, 2014 11:40 am (UTC)
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4. One of the security questions that drives me nuts is "mother's maiden name." My mother uses both her father's name and my father's name, so anyone who knows her has that security question right there (and she has been a public figure in some limited ways, so it would be pretty easy to find out). Other mothers don't use married names at all. If we get to have a kid, my kid's mother's maiden name will be my kid's mother's fucking name. So yes, I get around that by making note of what crazy answers I've given when it's something like my bank or my PayPal where security actually matters. (And I have noted to my mother that if I am hit by a bus, she should not assume that she knows her own name for purposes of computer security.) But still the question annoys me.

I am also annoyed by "name of best friend in x grade." Total orderings of friends are not my game. I will often refer to a limited set of people as "my best friend from blah," because that is a socially known category, because I can get people to register them as "person of great importance to me from period of past x." But, for example, I have two people who are, in casual conversation, my best friend from the sixth grade.

I think letting people set up their own computer security questions is only slightly harder and really works best.

PS I was also a crazy-fast skipper. It was a really efficient mode of locomotion.
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