The chink in the Chain of Online Security: Users

Google scientists have directed another study on security questions, the questions we usually have to answer when we forget our passwords. In line with the usual attitude towards safety protocols, many users had fake information as their security answers, information hackers were able to easily guess.

Despite being a sort of backup password, the study assumes that, unsurprisingly, security answers are less secure than passwords. Sometimes people try to be creative and give incorrect answers to the questions. While this may seem like a smart move, there’s a reason the questions calls for something memorable. In the event that the real owner forgets the answer, the account might lock itself up to prevent theft.

According to Google: “We analyze the first huge certifiable information set on individual learning question’s security and memorability from their organization at Google. Our examination affirms that mystery addresses for the most part offer a security level that is far lower than client picked passwords.”

Fake answers may seem like a smart move to confuse potential thieves, but, in reality, security answers aren’t as easy to crack as people think, even if they aren’t as secure as passwords. The success rate for SMS password recovery is a fairly high 80%, but less than half of participants were able to recall their security question answers when they needed to.

Security can be quite frustrating, especially when the one you want to protect doesn’t want to cooperate.  Google already provides a multitude of security layers, perhaps we can fight of our laziness and take our online security a bit more seriously?

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