Riddle me this: What’s a good online security question? (Chicago Tribune)
The woman on the other end of the line was matter-of-fact. "Who is your favorite actor?" she asked....an entertaining look at a security challenge and a link to a resource for formulating effective security questions.
I froze. Tom Hanks came immediately to mind — versatile, accomplished, serious — but is he my favorite? In truth, all other things being equal, I'd rather see Alec Baldwin on the screen than Tom Hanks, though given that he's mostly a sitcom star these days he might not qualify as the capital-A actor the woman was looking for.
George Clooney? A safe pick, given his two recent Oscar nominations for best actor. But a dishonest pick.
"It varies," I said after a pause. "I can't answer that."
"What about your favorite singer?"
What am I, a teenager? Who has one favorite singer? "No."
"Restaurant you'd most like to visit?"