Beware Password Recovery

In the recent presidential campaign one candidate’s personal e-mail account has “hacked.”  Published reports said this was done using the Password Recovery feature of a popular free e-mail service.  The password recovery is done by answering personal questions.  The questions are often things like “Where was you Mother born”, “what was your first pet’s name”, etc. 

 

How was it done?  Someone just looked up the information about the candidate on the Internet and was able to answer the questions!  Even if you are not a presidential candidate things such a Mother’s maiden name is a public record that anyone can look up.

 

TIP:  Remember standard “wrong” answers to questions.  Where was your Mother born?  The hospital!

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