2. Setting up a security question and answer
Oxford Single Sign-On accounts have a self-service password reset facility - this lets you choose a new password if you ever forget the old one, or if you let it expire. The reset facility uses a secret security question (e.g. "nickname of my favourite teacher") and answer (e.g. "frankystein") that you set up as part of the account activation process. To set up a security question and answer, use the web page at https://webauth.ox.ac.uk/security_question. Accounts created before June 2005 might not have a security question, in which case one can be set up in this way but you do not need to change the password.
The security question should be carefully chosen. The answer should be easy for you to remember but very hard for anyone else to find out or guess. You should avoid using information that could be obtained from publicly available records or web sites such as Friends Reunited. Obscure trivia from your childhood often provides good material. You can also try and make the question a little cryptic, so long as you will understand it in a year or two's time.
- "My favourite teacher's nickname" (e.g. "frankystein")
- "The registration of my dad's first car" (e.g. "ABC123G")
- "Where my mum and dad met" (e.g. "Skegness pier")
- "First boy/girl I ever kissed" (e.g. "Steven Blenkinsop")
- "Sammy's passion" (e.g. "spaghetti hoops")
- "My mother's maiden name" (easily found in online birth/marriage/death records)
- "My favourite colour" (too few possible answers so easily guessable)
- "My current car registration" (easy to find out)
- "My favourite movie" (may well have changed by the time you need to use this facility)
- "Our Anniversary" (too many different ways to enter the date)
- "My grandmother's dog" (if the answer is very common e.g. "Rover")