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Study suggests online companies beef up their security questions

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Your password may be complicated, but weak security questions could put you at risk. Researchers suggest better identity checks are needed.

The study from the University of Edinburgh found that if hackers are given three chances to answer common questions like your mother’s maiden name or first school, they would be able to break in to one in 80 accounts.

Researchers tell the Telegraph they were shocked by how easy it was to guess or stumble upon an answer even if nothing was known about the victim. While the name of your grade one teacher may seem like a secure choice, turns out a ton of instructors are named Mrs. Smith.

The suggestion is that sites trying to verify your identity should use a series of questions, rather than just one, or send password reminders by text message.