Monday, July 14, 2008

List of Common Password Reset/Challenge Questions

Have you ever forgotten your password? Well I have J. Truly speaking now-a-days internet users have too many accounts & passwords to remember and so forgetting them is fairly common. In fact it is the most common help desk request. To ease these support guys many web-sites are opting for using automated password recovery mechanism wherein the user who forgot the password is challenged with a question which he/she had selected while creating the account. If the user answers the question correctly, the password is reset or sent to the users email account.

As this feature saves a lot of money for the website owners, and also saves the users a lot of time & efforts involved in recovering the password, it has now become a STANDARD. Consequently web developers have to face the challenge of populating the security question drop-down with the most common challenge questions which not only suit everyone one but are also easy to understand and remember.

I also faced such a problem recently but couldn't find a set of such questions published anywhere even after intensive "googling" :P Well don't doubt my searching skills J

So I decided to post one here itself, for the reference of all those enthu developers/designers round the world

Here it goes:

  • What is the first and last name of your first boyfriend or girlfriend?
  • Which phone number do you remember most from your childhood?
  • What was your favorite place to visit as a child?
  • Who is your favorite actor, musician, or artist?
  • What is the name of your favorite pet?
  • In what city were you born?
  • What high school did you attend?
  • What is the name of your first school?
  • What is your favorite movie?
  • What is your mother's maiden name?
  • What street did you grow up on?
  • What was the make of your first car?
  • When is your anniversary?
  • What is your favorite color?
  • What is your father's middle name?
  • What is the name of your first grade teacher?
  • What was your high school mascot?
  • Which is your favorite web browser?

I will surely add to these if I am able to figure out any more… If you know any feel; free to add them in the comments area.

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