How Secure Are Your PIN Codes?

Based on various studies, ESET recently warned that millions of people around the world use similar passwords. This time, ESET drew attention to the research of the US-based Sans Institute, which specializes in information security education.

Research reveals that most of the PIN numbers entered to unlock the phone are the same. Accordingly, the 20 most preferred phone PIN codes are listed as follows:

  • 0000
  • 1004
  • 1010
  • 1111
  • 1122
  • 1212
  • 1234
  • 1313
  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2222
  • 4444
  • 3333
  • 4321
  • 5555
  • 6666
  • 6969
  • 7777
  • 8888
  • 9999

26 percent prefer these numbers

Surprisingly, 26% of all phones tested were unlocked by trying these codes. This shows that if the phone is stolen or lost, criminals can gain access to the phone within a few tries, even if they know nothing about the owner of the device. “If you are using these PINs, change them immediately,” ESET UK Security Specialist Jake Moore advises.

Don’t use meaningful dates

Jake Moore said that as another method, people use numbers that mean anything to them to remember their PIN codes. Moore says, “When 4-digit codes are used on phones, people often use codes that indicate a year. When a 6-digit code is required, they often use an easy-to-remember date. “Unfortunately, this allows a cybercriminal to try possible codes to unlock your phone.”

How can we stay safe?

Jake Moore made the following suggestions: “The best precaution is to use a string of numbers that doesn’t make any personal sense to you. It’s also worth noting that when creating code, you should be mindful of who might be watching your movements. On public transport, I have seen people enter PIN codes, passwords and even shout out all their credit card information on the phone, including the three-digit CVV number on the back.”

Back up your device

“Finally, after backing up your device, you should add more layers of security by turning on ‘Find My iPhone’ for iOS and ‘Find My Device’ for Android. This option allows you to remotely wipe your phone if it is stolen. You may never see this device again. But at least criminals can’t get into your device and look at your personal data and information,” he said.

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