And finally…give them your security question answers


I promise that this is the last password succession hint for a bit. I just think this information needs to be out there for everyone to access. It doesn’t matter if you’re 16 or 95, if you have any accounts that your loved ones need access to in the event of your untimely (or even timely) demise, these tips will help you choose the method you most favor.

Most accounts you set up these days with banks, email, credit cards, PayPal, etc. allow you (or force you) to create security questions in the event you forget your password and need to reset it. You know them; they are things like, “What was the name of your first pet,” or, “What was the model of your first car.” The variations are endless, but they all satisfy the condition of “something you know.”

Normally, these should be something that only YOU know, but you can easily tell your loved ones what questions and answers you have chosen. This is probably the simplest way of providing for account succession as it will allow your loved one to reset your account passwords to something they will be more likely to remember. Besides that, the other methods my be a bit too technical for some; good for geeks, but not so good for the gander.

Do give it some thought, will you? The responsible among us urge you to make it easy on your loved ones during what is always a very difficult time.

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Ken Harthun

Ken is our resident security expert with years of experience in the field. He can also carry a tune as an accomplished musician. Ken has written for many publications and presently is a contributor to IT Knowledge Exchange.

2 Comments

  1. hi ken
    why wouldn’t this work? answer each security question with the same one word. for example ‘hello’ since the asking party doesn’t see the answers anyway? that way your answers are easily remembered.
    example: what city were you born in? answer: hello

  2. Good point I hadn’t thought of… Duh! I put my LastPass master password on a piece of paper and put it in the safe and let those who might need it where to find the combination to the safe. Just didn’t think about all those security questions. Thanks for bringing it up.