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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

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Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan 27, 2012/ 3 Shevat, 5772

PINhead terrible at security questions

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It is one of the most dreaded questions of our time: "What's your PIN number?"

I had a question about our cell phone contract and the agent asked for my PIN. I went weak in the knees. I always feel like such a failure when I can't remember a PIN, almost like a, well, PINhead.

"I have no idea," I sighed. "Let's just skip right to the question game."

The question game is a lively round of Q and A where the agent sees if you can remember any of your answers to the 3,000 security questions you answered at the time you signed up for your PIN in the highly likely event you would forget your PIN.

The agent started with the question I loathe.

"Favorite color?"

Who has a favorite color? Maybe when I was six and played with Barbies, but not now.

"I'm going to go with maroon," I say. I sound like a Wheel of Fortune contestant asking to buy a vowel.

No answer.

"Cranberry? Crimson? Claret? Reds. I like all the reds. Am I in the wrong color family? Can you give me a hint - should I be guessing in the blues?"

Still no answer.

"How about a clue as to the season it was, or the mood I was in, at the time I answered the question? If I was depressed I might have said gray. If it was spring I probably said yellow and if it was fall I would have said orange."

Apparently I wasn't even warm. "Name of favorite pet?" the agent asks.

"Feline or canine?" I ask.

No answer.

"Dead or alive?" I ask.

The agent is not amused.

"Street you grew up on?" the voice asks.

"Well, there are two possible answers. We moved when I was a child. If you can give me a state, I can pin it down."

It's not any better when you forget a password on-line and have to answer security questions on a screen.

Security question: Name of college you attended.

I try University of Missouri. No luck. I try Missouri University. Nothing. I try MU. I try all caps, no caps and Go Tigers.

After multiple attempts, the screen displays a message saying, "Goodbye. Sorry, we can't be sure you're you."

The other day I was entering a PIN to check on some airline miles and a pop-up appeared offering three tips on PINs. The first one said, "Never keep any record of your PIN." The second one said, "Don't ever tell anyone your PIN." The third one said, "Never make your PIN obvious, such as your Social Security number, your address or the year you were born."

I would never create a PIN using such obvious numbers. My PINS are obscure jumbles. I never write them down and keep them secret. Top secret.

My PINS are so secret that some days not even I know them.


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