Use Secure Password Creation Methods For More Private Security Questions

We've shared quite a few clever password-creation tips with you over the years, and reader will_hopkins reminds us that they're just as useful, if not moreso, on your security questions.

Many sites require you to use a security question but the options are usually limited and generic (and easy to discover with a bit of Googlefu). Whenever I'm confronted with such a situation, I simply shift the letters in my answer around and make a quick substitution. It's formulaic and easy to remember, but it's different for every site (just like Lifehacker's tips for strong passwords). That way, it's easy to remember the answers but hard(er) for someone else to figure it out.

Just like the password creation method, this isn't necessarily as good as making up your own question — as long as its something only you know the answer to — but it's a good way to seriously beef up the strength of a weak security question.


    I always use a substitute answer. "What is your Mother's maiden name?" - George. "What is your Father's middle name?" - Susan. This format works well for me.

      I agree with Vanish222, how ever take away point here is you must remember what is your mother maiden name "may be Jeorge or Fido or Suzzane (misspelled are intentional); that does not matter. It is how you trick "dictionary word" hackers.

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