Wassup Wit Dat!

For Security Purposes

October 24th, 2012

In todays ever growing world of identity theft, we've been told, suggested to, encouraged and down right scolded to protect yourself from giving out too much personal information in fear of someone "becoming" you, stealing your identity and basically maxing out, then ruining your credit before you even realize it.

You not only have to be vigilant, you have to be smart and cautious at the same time all the while trusting your spidey-sense as to what you could/should believe to prevent anyone phishing information from/about you.

Not only do you have to remembah uku-billion passwords at home AND at work, you have to give out personal information such as mother's maiden name, pet name, high school attended and da like wit nearly every single "account" you have from cellular service to an electric bill to even taking off your pants.

Ok, da last no need security. πŸ˜›

I'm not against - in fact I'm all for it - any kine of financial institution or any kine of account asking/requiring we have these questions "on file" so dat they may "access our account" but I am against having to repeat account information wit every transferred call! Don't you hate wen dat happens? You pass all da security questions only to have to repeat it to anoddah department which in turn grills you like you were a terrorist wen all you wanted to find out is wat's wrong wit a product or service. πŸ™„

Wassup Wit Dat!

I recently got a call and it went something like dis:

BL: Hello?
CALLER: May I speak to *murdered my first name* Kwon?
BL: Speaking.
CALLER: My name is blah calling from blah, for security purposes, may I have the last four of your social?
BL: No. Wat is dis about?
CALLER: If I can get the last four of your social, I can tell you what I'm calling about.
BL: Look, you're calling me. I didn't call you so why would I give out that information? If you can't tell me what it's about, I'm not going to give up my personal information freely.
CALLER: Without you verifying the account, I cannot tell you what it's about. If you don't feel comfortable, please call ***-****.
BL: Wait, you called me wanting information to access MY account and now you want me to call a number YOU'RE providing to access my account? Does dat make any sense? If you say who you are, I'll find da numbah and call da numbah we have.
CALLER: *short silence as I'm tinking he's nevah heard dat answer before*
BL: Look, I know wat you're calling about (already deduced dat from da company name) and we already took care of it last week.
CALLER: Is there anything else I can help you with?
BL: *Really???* No, thank you.


Security questions suck.... but wat you gonna do eh?

HINT HINT: I read once - and have been doing it evah since - dat wen creating answers to "security questions", you are not required to give an answer to da direct question. For instance, one of da most popular question dat you fill out wen asked is "wat is your mother's maiden name?". Granted that in itself is a question most people wouldn't know but it is a question asked most frequently hence becoming an answer USED most frequently resulting in it being "out there".

How do you avoid it?

By using watevah answer you like!

Next time you gotta fill out any kine of confidential papers and need to fill out a security question, answer 'em wit an answer nobody would even tink of but da catch? You bettah remembah it.

For instance, mother's maiden name. "None of your business". Pet name? "Okole". Where did you go to high school? "Point Panic".

How can you do dat? Tink about it..... ONLY YOU FILL OUT DA ANSWERS! They don't ask if das your mom's real name. They not going tell you call out your pet's name and check to see if s/he comes and they definitely not going look for a yearbook wit you inside of it.

Da questions are based on answers YOU'D recall da bestest so why not create answers no one would tink of or could easily look up via da internet but something you find amusing and can remembah more easily all da while having a bit of fun wit it?

Trust me, saying "None of your business" wen they ask you security questions feel kinda good and garantee fo' make you smile.

Go try 'em go try 'em go try 'em go but no blame me if you no can remembah your "new" password eh? πŸ˜†

My name's Braddah Lance......... and I approved dis message. πŸ˜€

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21 Responses to “For Security Purposes”

  1. snow:

    had a few identity theft issues a few years back... had to file a police report, everything. had to close my accounts and get rid of my online access. recently, i reestablished my online access to one account. i had to fill in so many security questions and whatnot... i - apparently - promptly forgot everything because i got myself booted the next time i tried to login. quite frustrating so i haven't tried to get back on since then! lol. i swear if i met those people who hacked my online accounts, charged porn to my credit card and opened up a fedex account under my name and sent something to africa... i would beat them silly. i mean, WWD??!! grr....

    and as for the person calling you and asking for your ss - even if the last four digits - duh! WWD?!

  2. B:

    can't believe that this conversation even took place...they calling you and then ask for personal info...WWD?

    but yes...gotta totally not trust anyone calling,texting, emailing, watevas...too much scams.

  3. Willie:

    BL, I stay ovah heah on da Mainland at my good bud's house. My wife and I stay bustin out (LOL)! You know dem Mainland companies tink we lolo or wat?!?!

  4. wafan:

    Right. But get lots 'o folks who fall for this. Me? I give 'em hard time. I neva call dem. Dey wen call me. Worser wen I slip into da haolefied pidgin. Usually they do not call back.

  5. lowtone123:

    Das how Braddah Lance. No sked um go git um.

  6. BowlingBuddy:

    I have caller ID so when I see a number that is unfamiliar I don't answer. If it is important they will leave a message and call back number. Don't want to go through the hassle of changing accounts, passwords, and all the other personal things.

  7. PFP:

    BL, good to see you back with the same fighting spirit, bro. I goin try um. Tanks, ah. Shootz.

  8. M:

    Howzit BL!

    Sometimes I get one call and dat person speaks wit one foreign accent dat i no recognize and no understand and he tell me I won someting and he like me give him some personnel information to verify my winning. So I tell him dis is a scam and I hangup den he call back and he all mad la dat and tell me why i wen hang up so I hang up again. Dis wen happen moa den a few times already.

  9. wafan:

    The other thing that irks me is autodialer. Can tell because after you answer there is a pause before they answer. That's when the whistle or a ki-ai comes in handy. When they complain (and they always do) I hang up. Of course, my neighbors all think I am a little crazy . . . but they tend to leave me alone, too. Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

    Helps to only have a cell phone and no land line.

  10. M:

    Howzit BL!
    I don't like those electronic voice messages, for blah blah blah press 1, for blah blah blah press 2 and so on then you press the number then you get another electronic message to press 1 for blah blah blah and you keep pressing numbers and it goes on and on. I just want to talk to a real person!

  11. M:

    I wen call my credit card company one time aftah giving all da security info to da electronic message and pressing da correct number, I get, "all representatives are busy, say on da line and the next representative will answer your call". So I wait and wait. I hang up and try again later, same ting, busy. I try again later and same ting so the next time I stay on da line, plug my cell phone in da charger, put it on speakah phone and fo 1 hour they were still busy wit the message "all representatives are busy, stay on da line......WWD!

  12. sally:

    We just had a voicemail at work that said "the office, or our attorney representation must call the number immediately" and "failure to follow instructions will result in terrible legal action".

    Now... say this with a heavy Middle Eastern accent and tell me if you would call the long distance number.

    No preceeding Registered mail, No preceeding anything.

    I wondered if I was on a casting call for SNL.

  13. lowtone123:

    Even your private personal information is not so private anymore. WWD!

  14. wafan:

    When I call a company in the USA I really do not want to have to "Press 2, for English". English should be the default language. If they want some other language let them press the darn numbers.

  15. M:

    Every 3 months I need to change my logon password on my work computer and 4 programs that I use. It drive me nuts remembering passwords and after 3 failed attemps I get locked out and have to call IT for help.

  16. 9thIslandGirl:

    You crack me up, BL! ”okole” and ” none of your business.” Too funny!

  17. M:

    Happy Aloha FGF!

  18. Braddah Lance:

    E Komo Mai Willie!

    I'm glad you could drop in and share...... and I'm happy to hear dat I made you and your wife crack up! πŸ˜€

    Mahalos and I hope you drop in often.

  19. Kage:

    The other week I got a call where the caller prefaced his shpeel with "We are not an international company. We are located on moowee island."

    I hung up.

  20. kamaaina808:

    Sounds like someone trying to scam you by asking for your 'last four.'

    I don't answer the phone if I don't recognize the number, simple fact. Like BowlingBuddy said - if it's important, they can leave a number. And if it's important to ME, I call them back. πŸ™‚

  21. toekinam808:

    Good one BL! Learned something new =)

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