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    Known Facts and Social networking Sites

    I just heard a bit of a scary story from one of the guys in my team....full marks for his initiative to get get out of a hole but a word of advice and warning to you all who use social networking websites like Friends Reunited and Facebook.

    My team member was doing some testing on a new system and he had problems with accessing via a specific IP address so had to log on from another location but use the credentials of one of the business account holders. The system popped up the following questions:

    1) What was the town of your last school?
    2) What is your favourite football team?
    3) What is your mother's maiden name?

    My colleague went to Friends Reunited, plugged in the person details and there, for all the world to see, were details of the users last school attended and under interests details of his favourite football team, the third question was a little harder, but that came from a shared Outlook diary!!!!!!!

    I would say that we need to go back to the vendor to change the known facts questions but I thought I would share with you the danger of making your data available of social networking sites....if we can do it, I am sure there are other people who do it too.

    If at all possible check the website you are dealing with allows you to create customised known fact questions about yourself like "How many stitches did I have in my shin when I fell off my bike?" or "What colour was the front door of my first house?" or other such innocuous questions
    Jerry

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    Re: Known Facts and Social networking Sites

    Good information. Thanks. I've always made it a habit never to give out my mother's maiden name and avoid giving my birth date or any other personal details for the reasons you have listed. Once it is on the internet, it is there seemingly for forever.


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    Re: Known Facts and Social networking Sites

    Friends reunited has a Genes reunited section which is for people to build their family tree. Therein reside millions of mother's maiden names!
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    Re: Known Facts and Social networking Sites

    If any bank or other business ever asks for my Mothers maiden name, I will quick doing business with them. In todays world, even in yesterdays, one could always get to the birth records. So this has always been bad business practice.

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    Re: Known Facts and Social networking Sites

    I'm not too sure I understand all this seeming "panic" about mother's maiden name. I don't know ANYTHING about social networking sites and don't (WON'T!) have anything to do with ANY of them, whether it's MySpace, Facebook or whomever. BUT, on the other hand, I DO have many dealings with legitimate web sites from whom I buy or bank or do other financial transactions with. The fact that these LEGIT sites want to create one or more "codes" or secret words to make sure you are who you claim to be when you logon is not so foreboding to my way of thinking. The fact that so many seem to focus on mother's maiden name doesn't seem like a big deal to me. Who cares or knows what my mom's maiden name was? I don't think that information is any less risky than "inventing" security questions to ask me when I logon. My high school mascot, the town I was born in, my favorite color, an animal I had as a pet - the list goes on and on. I applaud those sites I do business with who want to make sure I am who I claim to be when I logon for their efforts at protecting my identify and security!

    Now, if some sites are compromising user data and making it visible to the general public, those sites should be avoided, chastised or even (gasp!) shutdown. I HAVE logged on to secure sites from another (not at home) computer and the main responsibility that I think I have is to make sure I <big>LOGOFF</big> when I'm finished with my session to ensure that someone doesn't wander in behind me and view my session! OK, I'm done "preaching" for now...

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    Re: Known Facts and Social networking Sites

    To extend your comments in your first paragraph, except for financial institutions that might want to match "real" records, most sites that ask you for a name will accept any string that you can remember. So whether you choose Mother Earth or Mother Nature or Mother Jones or..., you certainly don't have to reveal confidential information. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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