Friday, August 3, 2012

Password Recovery Answer Suggestions

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What is your mother's middle name? What was your high school mascot? What year did you learn to talk? When do you think you will die? How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

Ever get tired of the password recovery questions? I know I do.

Sometimes I go through the list and I realize I don't even know the answers to some of the questions. It's my own life! But I'm not sure what year in which I bought my first car, bought a home, or washed my hair with Selsun Blue.

The best is when they ask a question not about you but someone else you know: What year was your father born? What is mother's middle name? What is your sister's favorite food to eat? What is your best friend's, cousin's, uncle's, father doing right now?

I have a hard enough time remembering stuff about me, let alone my family and friends.

The reality is, with all of these questions, you shouldn't answer them with the true answer. "They" say it is because other people might know the answers, too, and use it to hack your account.

That's right! Other people may know more about you than you do.

So what is the solution? Don't actually answer the question. Bank of America, Google, and any other site aren't going to give you a game show error buzz for entering the wrong answer.

Instead, put simple words or phrases that only you know. Memorize them! And in the process, you'll get to have fun with making up your recovery answers instead of referencing the genealogy of your family for the facts.

Here are a few suggestions I've come up with. Enjoy!

Password Recovery Answer Suggestions

  • In dog years I'm dead

  • Show me the money!

  • I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.

  • Hippo (I strongly recommend not using this one in regards to any question about your mother or wife.)

  • Purple monkey dishwasher

  • It was the one armed man

  • I got the moves like Jagger

  • The sea-monkey made me do it

  • Go ahead ... make my day

  • Poughkeepsie

The best thing about these suggestions is if you have to call up the company to do something with your account. They might ask you for your phrase or word to access it. Imagine how funny and satisfying it would be:

"Okay sir, I just need to verify your account with your secret password."

"I got the moves like Jagger."

"Excuse me."

"I said, 'I got the moves like Jagger.'"

"That's nice, sir, but ... oh wait. I see. You're correct."

That would be wonderful!

Any more password recovery suggestions? Feel free to put them in the comments below.