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Are you a sucker?

by Sean posted Jul 31 2013 1:15PM

Thieves are able to unlock more than 25 percent of PIN-protected accounts by trying just 20 combinations out of a possible 10,000, according to a recent study.

Some systems lock an account if someone makes too many wrong guesses. But if a thief can guess the PIN in just a few tries because it's "1234," they can clean out an account.

Is your birthdate your pin? BAD IDEA!  What about your year of birth? EVEN WORSE!

Other bad numbers are those associated with famous movies, such as "2001" or "0070" for James Bond. A book title like "1984" is a bad idea, too.

The best PINs are random numbers with no special significance. Even though they're hard to remember, it could be worth it if a hacker attacks. The least-used PIN is "8068." However, hackers can read, too, so use caution when picking a PIN. In other words, don't change your pin to 8068!

The top 10 most-used PIN numbers are:


  1. 1234
  2. 1111
  3. 0000
  4. 1212
  5. 7777
  6. 1004
  7. 2000
  8. 4444
  9. 2222
  10. 6969
Also, as much as you love us 1011 probably isn't the best pin either, which reminds me to change my pin now that I just told you what mine is. DAMMIT JANET!
07/31/2013 11:20AM
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