Today, I came across this hilarious list of security questions. They’re not the usual “What’s your mother’s maiden name?” questions. Oh no.
I’ve sorted these questions into three categories:
1) Questions that require an anecdote (or for some, a sprawling memoir) for a reply.
Think about it. Someone asks you where you were when you had your first kiss. Whose first instinct is to say, “Porch?” Seriously. You have to at least describe the weather before you get to that part!
And then there are the questions where there are too many right answers. Who was your best friend from childhood? Come on. Most people have gone through at least ten best friends by the time they get to second grade.
2) Questions for people who are far more detail-oriented than I. What brand of coffee maker do you use in the office? How many employees were in your company on Jan 1, 2010? Who keeps track of this stuff, anyway? I get this impression that the person who wrote this saw his/her audience as a bunch of sad, predominately-male cubicle-dwellers with nothing better to do than remember every number/name/date ever.
3) Questions that don’t apply to me. I don’t live in a cubicle (yet!), but if I did, I highly doubt I would remember the last name of my company’s sales person, or the name of their first lawyer. Or the brand of the coffee maker.
So this is the plan: I’m going to remember my password. Because if I forget it, I’m doomed.