I picked up an interesting security tip in this morning's Times. The author interviewed a computer security expert who advised lying to your computer when it asked you security questions. In fact, the website doesn't know if you are lying to it, and is perhaps one of the more gullible persons you will meet. And, according to the expert, lying makes it much more difficult for hackers to gain access to your passwords. So, the next time a site asks for your mother's maiden name, or your first pet's name, or your first school, lie. It won't know the difference, and hackers will not be able to use your online history to guess. My first pet's name was "Alligator".