Why Your Mother’s Maiden Name is No Longer a Good Security Question

March 19, 2013 | By | Comments (1)


Frequently when you’re signing up for a new online account, you’ll be asked to choose a couple of security questions and answers to protect your account in case you lose your password. But in the days of Facebook, it’s time to think twice before selecting your mother’s maiden name as one of your security questions.

Because so many people use Facebook to connect with friends from the past, many women have taken to listing both their maiden and their married names on their Facebook profiles. Couple this with the fact that many people list out family relationships on their profiles, and in just two clicks you can find the answer to someone’s security question.

Get more tips for staying secure online here.


  1. Vishal

    No matter what the security question is, for every website I choose a random word and use that as the answer. That way even the folks who know me very well (including myself) cannot guess the answers. I use LastPass to store all user account information. Of course, I make sure that I have a very strong password for LastPass and have a calendar reminder to even change that frequently.

    March 19, 2013 at 10:22 pm

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