How to Choose a Secure Pet Name

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Most secure services ask users for some personal details to generate security questions. Some of the classics you can do little about—but humor news site NewsBiscuit amusingly points out that pet names can, and should, be changed on a regular basis in the interests of security.


In their satirical news article, they joke about a situation where banks start asking customers to think carefully about naming animals:

Popular pet names Rover, Cheryl and Kate could be a thing of the past. Banks are now advising parents to think carefully before naming their child's first pet. For security reasons, the chosen name should have at least eight characters, a capital letter and a digit. It should not be the same as the name of any previous pet, and must never be written down, especially on a collar as that is the first place anyone would look. Ideally, children should consider changing the name of their pet every 12 weeks.

So, perhaps there should be no more Max or Rocky when it comes to dogs. How about Hunt3rDoG, BaileyK9 or Dang3ou5Duke? But then there're cats, fish, rabbits and plenty of other domestic creatures that would need renaming, too. Any ideas? [News Biscuit via Boing Boing]

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Greg the Mad

*Standing in the Park*

"OI! HuntThreer D o G Heel!"

Dammit, everybody heard me, better change the name.

"Hey boy, MighSeveny Pu FF, HEEL!"

Dammit, again.

And he never saw his Dog Dang3erRang3r again...