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Question: Why is Apple still asking pre knowledge security questions?

NIST now recommends against their usage. Why is Apple still using them? With the ridiculous data breaches we keep seeing it is stupid to continue to use pre knowledge questions to verify someone's identity. I can't change "the street I grew up on" or "my childhood nickname".


Apple, wake up and get rid of these questions - they don't enhance security and in fact hinder it.

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Nov 17, 2017 11:19 AM in response to life359 In response to life359

life359 wrote:


NIST now recommends against their usage. Why is Apple still using them? With the ridiculous data breaches we keep seeing it is stupid to continue to use pre knowledge questions to verify someone's identity. I can't change "the street I grew up on" or "my childhood nickname".


Apple, wake up and get rid of these questions - they don't enhance security and in fact hinder it.

Apple only uses them if you don't implement two-factor authentication. Apple has been strongly recommending this change for a couple of years. And, I believe, if you create a new account, 2FA is required.


Two-factor authentication for Apple ID - Apple Support

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Nov 17, 2017 3:27 PM in response to life359 In response to life359

Apple doesn’t routinely monitor the discussions. These are mostly user to user discussions.


Send Apple feedback. They won't answer, but at least will know there is a problem or a suggestion for change. If enough people send feedback, it may get the problem/suggested change solved sooner.


Click here to send Feedback

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