Stupid new security questions

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by basicfiend, May 9, 2012.

  1. basicfiend macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2007

    I'm never going to remember my answers to these stupid questions. My first car? I don't own a car. My first kiss? Sure as hell can't remember her name. My favorite color? What is this, first grade?

    And a second email address? Does everyone have two email addresses these days?

    WTF Apple. Steve wouldn't have let this happen.
  2. Troneas macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2011
    At the alternatives section.
    whats this?

    I've never been asked these questions by my iPhone.
  3. mediaseth macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2011
    I had to set three of these. I also had to re-enter my password about five times just to download my first 99 cent app. I appreciate security, but this was a little overboard.
  4. falterego macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2008
    Southern California
    IMO the Apple ID concept is great. One account that you can use for in store, app, web, iTunes purchases and keep your devices registered in one location. I'd be a little hesitant to use the Apple ID if it didn't have these additional security steps. There are a lot of things that can be done if someone got their hands on your Apple ID that could cost you HUGE amounts of $$

    The solution to this problem is simple. Create a simple Gmail or Yahoo free address, then email yourself the questions/answers to that new address. Use that as your second address for your Apple ID then store the new account username and password in something like Last Pass.
  5. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    You're serious?
  6. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Can't imagine anyone with only one e-mail address either. I have 4.
  7. cyks macrumors 68020


    Jul 24, 2002
    Westchester County, NY

    You DO know that there's nobody at Apple checking your answers and that you can answer them however you choose, right?

    For most people, it's much easier to remember their first kiss or car than it is to remember a few more random passwords, but nothing is stopping you from answering 'kAKfn48Ls' in each of the spaces if you choose.

    No, most people I know don't have 2 email addresses... they have 5.
  8. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    Yes, but please don't.
    That was already my answer to each of the three questions.
  9. apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    I totally agree with this crap! It's more secure then my online bank!! It's only the friggin app store. Or are Apple concerned that our information will be stolen?
    Pain in the rear....
  10. SuperCachetes macrumors 6502a


    Nov 28, 2010
    Away from you
    Not exactly true. The software will not let you use the same answer for all three questions.
  11. MaxBurn macrumors 65816


    Nov 25, 2010
    Seriously go get 1password.

    I have around thirty logins just for work I have to remember, all my personal mail passwords and likely around forty websites to remember. Simply not possible without some assistance. 1password changed my life and generally made everything more secure too. Sounds dumb saying that but it's true.
  12. Shadowbech macrumors 601

    Oct 18, 2011
    Planet iPhone
    The second e-mail address is optional, i left it blank when I continued and all went well.
  13. Mochi Hana macrumors 6502a

    Mochi Hana

    Jul 30, 2010
    I had to set these but I put in random answers. "Security" questions are insecure in my opinion.
  14. apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    I have a work email, 3 personal ones, and one from my ISP if I want it, I also think I then have an option to create another 10.
  15. reclusive46 macrumors 65816


    Apr 14, 2011
    lol I had trouble with the questions as well...First person kissed, no clue lol. First teachers name...
  16. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    The problem is that it isn't secure.

    The questions offered are all too easy for someone that knows the person to guess.

    Having them continuing a theme is a terrible idea too.

    I've only ever owned one car, so the answer would be the same for all of them. Everyone that knows me can tell that.

    So that rules out one set of questions.

    The other problem is that these questions are too open in their answers.

    First teacher? At what school level? First teacher I can remember right now?

    Mrs Smith?
    Mrs. Smith?
    Jane Smith?
    Ms. Smith?
    Miss. Smith?
  17. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Use a last name only. "Smith" would be a pretty decent response, and there is zero ambiguity. First teacher, as I read it, would be the first instructor you ever had. I never went to pre school so, for me, it would be kindergarten.
  18. apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    Must be why with my bank I have my password AND a pass code. And then to change any money I have to use a machine that's like a calculator with my band card.

    But really, a password AND passcode would work fine with Apple asking random characters and letters from them every time.
  19. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    Actually you can't have the same answer in any of the 2 questions!
  20. Shrink, May 9, 2012
    Last edited: May 10, 2012

    Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA

    Not to too fine a point on it, and I don't wish to be disrespectful to Jobs, but he's dead...get used to it.

    Also, how the hell do you know what he would have done.

    Sorry, but I'm really tired of this "Steve would have done this", and "Steve wouldn't have done that". Things change, and what Jobs' response would have been is impossible to know, and, more to the point, irrelevant.

    I'm sorry Jobs died, but it's time to let the poor guy rest in peace.

    Sorry about the cranky rant, but it's just getting really me, anyway.
  21. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Aren't these questions simply used for password and/or account retrieval? I know I had to set them up, but have never been asked to enter them. Unless I am missing something, this is basically a one time inconvenience. If you don't forget your login credentials and are never "hacked", you shouldn't have to worry about it ever again, right?
  22. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Security is good.

    Yea, I only have personal email addy and corporate email addy.

    I just created a new alias on my domain =) circumventing that layer of protection, oh well. I do have 2way authentication on it.
  23. macingman macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2011
    1. Really, not that big of a deal just pick a question and do a random answer.
    2. Who doesn't have two email addresses these days? I have 3, one at school, tafe and personal. I imagine anyone with a job or studying would have a personal email and a work/uni/school email.
    3. I don't think Steve Jobs watched over every faucet of Apple, do you really think the CEO of the world's largest company would have watched over what questions iTunes customers were asked to verify their accounts.

    I'm no fanboy, just sick of these "Apple is doomed" posts over the stupidest, nit pickiest things. Try Android and see how that works out for you.

    P.S. What does this have to do with the iPhone. I would think this should be in the iOS5 section or General Discussion.
  24. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    The problem is that these questions are FORCED on people in the name of security, but they're making it harder for people to keep their account secure.

    It can and does happen that you have to reset your password due to a bug in an authentication system.
  25. LapsangSouchong macrumors 65816


    Jul 15, 2010
    the burrows
    The questions are absurd. ANY security questions that ask for a "favorite" are dumb. My favorite movie? Changes daily.
    They should be facts only, and yes, some that an adult would know the answer to. :)


    Do a random answer, and then remember it. Or, write it down? Silly. The questions should be easy to remember facts.

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