Wednesday, July 17, 2013
See what you've done hackers, this is what you've brought us to...
So I've done it all. I've passworded and pin numbered and secret questioned and facial recognitioned. I've allowed a cafe to record my thumb print so they could record my orders for their discount scheme (at least I hope to god that's why they took my thumbprint). I've created passwords that had to have an uppercase letter, four numbers, a Greek symbol and a limerick in them before the system would accept them. Honestly, I thought I'd seen it all.
But I have to say, I think Google might be going a little overboard with their security requirements.
You see, I've got my account set up where, when I log into Blogger, I have to enter a pin that gets texted to me. I know, it's a bit overkill, but hackers just scare the bejezus out of me so it seemed like a good idea. But when I logged in this morning Google asked me for a back up phone number.
Really, Google? A backup mobile number? Exactly how many mobiles do you think I own?
You know it's starting to get beyond a joke when an online account is asking you to buy more electronics to "keep your account safe". If I didn't know any better, I might start to suspect that our Google overlords had shares in AT&T!
So I'm drawing a line in the sand, people! Thus far, no further! If a password and a unique expiring pin aren't enough to keep my account safe, then nothing will, no matter how many mobile phones I own.
So, what's the weirdest account security setup you've had to deal with?