AS WELL as demanding usernames, passwords and PINs, many websites now insist, as an extra security measure, that you respond to a "secret" question to which only you know the answer. This is not as straightforward as it might seem.
The website shootingpeople.org is an online community of film-makers (not assassins). Peter Newman tells us that one of its administrators recently informed members: "My own mini survey shows that 90 per cent of Shooters who have chosen as their secret question 'What was the name of the first person you slept with?' can't remember the answer they gave when they first signed up for Shooting People, while 100 per cent of Shooters who chose 'What did you call your first pet?' remember the answer, no problem."
FROM an AFP news release earlier this month: "John Billings, founder of the natural contraceptive system known as the Billings Method, has died in Australia aged 89, his colleagues said Monday... Billings is survived by his wife and eight of their nine children."