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    The 20 Worst PINs: Is Your ATM Code This Easy to Crack?

    http://mashable.com/2012/09/24/pin-number-top-20

    Remember that list of the most frequently-used passwords? Did you have a good chuckle at the fact that "password", "123456" and "qwerty" were at the top? You, of course, would never use something so foolish.

    But there's another passcode in your pocket, one with just four digits. It can probably unlock a whole lot more of your wealth than your computer. And it may be a lot easier for a thief to guess at it.

    According to one analysis, nearly 27% of us use the top 20 most common PIN numbers on our ATM cards.

    Nick Berry, a former rocket scientist and the president of Data Genetics, examined 3.4 million PINs and revealed his results in a blog post. No doubt you can guess the most common one.

    You got it: 1234. What's more surprising or depressing is the fact that it's used by almost 11% of card holders. The runner-up, 1111, is used by more than 6% of us.

    Here are the top 20:



    Not many of these are a huge surprise. We knew 7 was a lucky number, and 6969 is bound to be memorable (although just half a percent of people are dumb enough to use it.)

    But we're mystified by the fact that 1004 is so high on the list (number 6). It isn't in any kind of line on a regular ATM keypad (though it is on a computer keyboard). Are there perhaps an inordinate amount of us born on October 4th?

    UPDATE: Berry points out that 1004 is popular with Korean users because in Korean, the number sounds like the word for "angel."

    Regardless, the blog post is a clear wake-up call. There are 10,000 possible combinations of four digits, and naturally all of them get used but Berry says 50% of us use the 426 most popular codes.

    Pick up an ATM card on the street, and you have a 1 in 5 chance of unlocking its cash by entering just five PINs. That's the kind of Russian Roulette that's going to be attractive to any casual thief.

    As for the least-used four-digit PIN code? Berry identifies it in his data set: 8068, which showed up just 25 times in 3.4 million numbers. Though of course, as he cautions, you really shouldn't change your number to that. It won't be the least-used for long, and thieves can read these articles too.

    Is your PIN in the top 20? Should banks add a digit or two to your cash card passcode to make them safer? Sound off in the comments.




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    I have one pin . I feel better about mine now .

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    Mine is the cube root of the sum of all of those worst PIN#s.

    <But, now I'll change it. >

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    $#@!, hackers know about 6969?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danke View Post
    $#@!, hackers know about 6969?!
    Yes

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    My pin is rather easy to guess. It only consists of 4 numbers...
    "I am a bird"

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    Mine's always my birth year. Easy to remember and anyone who uses my card knows it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luctor-et-emergo View Post
    My pin is rather easy to guess. It only consists of 4 numbers...
    Let me guess, 2704.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danke View Post
    Let me guess, 2704.
    Wrong, try again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzanimal View Post
    Mine's always my birth year. Easy to remember and anyone who uses my card knows it.
    May I borrow your card?

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    8008 is not even on the list, I guess there are not too many boob people using ATM cards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by juleswin View Post
    8008 is not even on the list, I guess there are not too many boob people using ATM cards.
    Isn't that an earlier version Intel microprocessor?
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