Royce Eddington

Nothing to see here. Move along people.

Date: October 2, 2009

The wrong kind of secret question to ask

Most websites will ask you to choose from a set of secret questions to answer when you set up an account. If you ever need your password reset or get locked out, most of the time it’s a cut-and-dried process where you answer that specific question, type in a CAPTCHA scrambled-text phrase to verify you are a real human, and then change the password for the website to whatever you want.

Easy enough, right?

Don’t ever pick your high school name as the secret answer.

Here’s why – all someone has to do to reset a password of yours with the high school name as the answer is to search Facebook. 99% of the time, everyone’s high school information is in their public profile.

I’ve tested it. It works.

A good practice is to choose your own personal question if a website gives you that option. That adds just a little more security to your website activities and keeps you just a hair ahead of the bad guys.

Lost in translation

Lost in translation

Lost in translation

True story.

Me: “Hi. I noticed the sign on the side of your building has said family jiz suite for about a month now.”

Super8: “Yes! Would you like to sign up for one?”

Me: “Uh… for a jiz suite?”

Super8: “Yes! A family jacuzzi suite!”

Me: “Jiz is an abbreviation for jacuzzi? Are you sure?”

Super8: “Yes! Jiz is jacuzzi!”

Me: “I see. Thanks, but I’ll pass.”

Lost in translation. Big time.

Working with what you have

Golden Corral Sign

Golden Corral Sign

“OK, so we’re not the best, the biggest, most award winning, number one in the city, or have the most customers. And no specials. What can we put on the sign?”

You gotta go with what you have!

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