Mothers maiden name is a security risk and should not appear on Moms profile; is there a way to keep that a secret?

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in WikiTree Tech by Raymond Nichols G2G5 (5.1k points)

Its only a security risk that financial institutions ask you that question in the first place... you don't have to answer it truthfully. No one can hack you and guess your answer if its different. The answer is only meaningful to you (but you would have to remember whatever answer you give them).

That's why I don't use my mother's maiden name for anything. It's not actually required to do so either. It's too easy to find that information. People should realize that. I made up my own password a long time ago.

A lot of banks know this and have other systems in place.Plus, this "security" password is actually meaningless to a sophisticated hacker.

Just change your password.

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Best answer
Raymond,

Your profile is privacy level red-- very private. The public-- i.e., anyone not on your Trusted List-- cannot see the name of your mother.

YOU are seeing it because you're looking at the "private" view. If you click on the far-left tab, you'll see what the public sees, and you'll see that whether looking at your profile or your mother's (which I can't even see), that only you can see her maiden name.

THAT said, you want to make sure then, that HER father's profile-- even if he is deceased-- is also private.
by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (771k points)
selected by Gillian Causier
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Dennis and Debee provided the best answer.  Plus thieves need more than your mother's maiden name.
by Peter Roberts G2G6 Pilot (547k points)

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