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The following list includes what I consider some of the best security questions (of those that I've found) along with my Yes/No status for each of the four categories. Remember that there is no one perfect question that works for all people. You should provide enough of a variety of questions to meet the diversity of people that will come to your website. See Not For Everyone that shows how to display enough questions to work for most people.

You can use this the method below to evaluate your own set of questions.

  Safe Stable Memorable Definitive
In what city did you meet your spouse/significant other? Y Y Y Y
What was your childhood nickname? Y Y ? Y
What is the name of your favorite childhood friend? Y Y ? Y
What street did you live on in third grade? Y Y ? Y
What is your oldest sibling’s birthday month and year? (e.g., January 1900) ? Y Y Y
What is the middle name of your oldest child? ? Y Y Y
What is your oldest sibling's middle name? ? Y Y Y
What school did you attend for sixth grade? ? Y Y Y
What was your childhood phone number including area code? (e.g., 000-000-0000) Y Y N Y
What was the name of your first stuffed animal? Y Y ? Y
In what city or town did your mother and father meet? Y Y N Y
What was the last name of your third grade teacher? Y Y N Y
What is the first name of the boy or girl that you first kissed? Y Y N Y
What is your maternal grandmother's maiden name? ? Y N Y
In what town was your first job? ? Y N Y

 

Last updated: 2/7/10

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