We all know that password security questions are used to keep your accounts safe. That said, most of the time, you can choose questions from a long list. But, what questions will keep your account the safest, and which ones should you avoid? Keep reading as we go over some security questions you shouldn’t use and how you can keep yourself safe on the internet.
For apparent reasons, it’s best to avoid using this question to keep your account safe. Most likely, quite a few different people know when your birthday is, and it’s not hard to look it up, either. Unfortunately, your birth date isn’t considered confidential information. So, just about anybody can find this information with a quick search on the internet.
Your Zodiac Sign
Similarly to your birth date, it’s not hard to figure out your astronomical sign. After all, there are only 12 of them to go through until a hacker may land on yours and access your accounts. So, even if you don’t tell anyone when you were born, it’s easy to guess and find out.
Your Mom’s Maiden Name
Like your birth date and zodiac sign, your mother’s maiden name is not considered confidential information. So, anyone can look up this information very quickly and easily. All it takes is one search on a public record search engine, and the information is all right there.
Your Favorite Color
At some point in time, you’ve probably been asked what your favorite color is. That said, most people answer this question with basic answers, like “red”, “blue”, “green”, “purple”, or another popular color. So, it’s pretty easy to guess one of these answers as well.
Where You Were Born
If you haven’t told any people where you were born and you don’t live in the same area still, it may be okay to use this answer for a security question. However, if you’re still in the same town and know many people in the area, this could be an easy one for someone to guess correctly.
How to Stay Safe on the Internet
Staying safe and keeping your accounts secure is extremely important. That said, there are a few ways you can protect yourself and ensure your personal accounts don’t get hacked into by someone else. Let’s go over a few easy ways to keep yourself safe on the internet.
- Try to write your own security questions
- Choose questions you don’t have to think about before answering
- Choose particular questions that others wouldn’t know
- Don’t use opinions for answers, as your views may change over time
Another way to keep yourself safe is by using PeopleFinders to perform a people search on yourself. That way, you’ll find out what information is public and what other people can quickly find out about you.
Everyone wants to keep their personal accounts and information safe on the internet. So, follow these tips and avoid using these answers for security questions. Remember to also check up on your public information using PeopleFinders to track what people can see about you.