In chatspeak, TMI means “too much information.”
When it comes to blogging, providing TMI could mean particular problems, especially when it comes to subjecting the writer to possible identity theft risks.
Consider those silly little questions that you have to answer any time you open a new online account:
What is your mother’s maiden name?
What is your favorite restaurant?
What city were you born in?
What was your first pet’s name?
Those are a few of the more common questions. Now, bloggers, think carefully: how many of those questions have you actually answered somewhere on your blog?
Chances are you’ve answered at least one of them. I’m pretty sure I’ve answered one of the ones I listed myself, but because I know that this information is somewhere on the blog — at least I think it is — this particular question is not one I select as a preferred security question.
Is it paranoia to worry about things to this degree?
But then, better safe than sorry. Here is a list of common security questions. It’s worth taking a look at to see how many of them you might have answered unknowingly.
If your blog has a search option, you could always do a search for the answer to a question you suspect, and if it turns up in the context of the question as asked, you’ll have a good idea of which questions to avoid selecting as your own security questions on your various accounts.