I recently told you how to use a password manager to do away with complicated passwords and still make your online accounts even more secure. Click here if you missed this essential security tip.
However, passwords are only one part of online account security. Most sites also have you create a security question so you can still log in if you forget your password. Unfortunately, that gives hackers a huge loophole to get into your accounts.
That's because most account security questions are basic questions about your life. For example, it could be the name of your first pet, the name of your third grade teacher, the town you were born or, if the site is feeling very cliche, your mother's maiden name. Most sites let you pick one or two options, but usually you have to stick with the same options.
That's a problem because most information about your life is easy for a hacker to figure out. There was one of those "get to know me" survey posts going around Twitter a few years ago and every question on it was a common account security question.
Anyone who filled out the survey was basically giving away information a hacker could use to get into their accounts. It was just about as bad as these people revealing their passwords on national television.
There are other stories about hackers that target celebrities. In one case, a hacker cracked the celebrity's security question thanks to a quick Google search.
Unfortunately, not answering a security question isn't an option if you want to create an account on most sites. So, what can you do instead?