A security app has anonymously tracked data from over 200,000 iPhones. Their results showed that, including the most common password offenders, people tend to follow similar patterns when creating PINs. Is your password, bank PIN or voicemail code on the list? Check it out.
Daniel Amitay created an iPhone app that locks the phone's screen, and takes a picture whenever an incorrect code is entered. He's published some of the data accumulated from his app, and whether you use that or just the iPhone's built-in passcode locking system, the results are very interesting.
The data shows that 10 commonly-repeated passcodes make up 15% of all users' choices. The author suggests that by trying these codes, a phone thief would have a 1 in 7 chance that one would be successful. If these behaviors extend past a lock screen to everything from voicemails to bank accounts, you could be making yourself vulnerable.
The most common passcodes:
The majority of code on the list are easy patterns on a number pad, such as 0852, which runs up the middle column; 5683 spells "love".
Another interesting finding is that the majority of PINs begin with the number 1.
For maximum safety, you should try to switch up your passwords and PINs occasionally, or use a set of numbers that have no personal meaning, such as birthdays or anniversaries.
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