Do you have the dumbest PIN in ATM history?
Having '1234' as your ID number is akin to just handing your money to a thief, according to a new study.
According to research company Data Genetics, that's about as effective and secure as making "1234" your personal identification number (PIN) for the Bank of America (BAC), Wells Fargo (WFM), Citibank (C) and other accounts you use for ATM transactions.
Data Genetics analyzed 3.4 million passwords culled from "released/exposed/discovered password tables and security breaches" and discovered that the Sesame Street PIN in question was the nation's most popular and least secure.
The top 10 also featured several numbers employed by Americans who presumably foil burglaries by leaving their keys in the front door and combat identity theft by posting their Social Security number on a sign on their front lawn. Because, you know, criminals are dumb and reverse psychology is foolproof:
Then again, that's practically Enigma code by modern standards. The study found that the 10 most common passwords accounted for more than 20% of all of passwords found. And 26.83% of all passwords could be guessed by someone trying the top 20 most popular combinations. Keep in mind, this is the national brain trust that helped make "password," "123456," and "12345678" the top three online passwords last year, according to SplashData.
Don't just blame the kids for this either. Apparently a whole lot of American adults love using a PIN beginning with 19, putting just about every adult birth year into the bad code category.
So what does the thinking American use as a PIN these days? Mostly nonsense. The top two most secure ID numbers -- guaranteed to be far less secure by this time next year -- were "8068" and "8093."
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Years ago, I had a password that cracked everyone up. It was "My Secret"
I had my son go check my email one day, and he asked me what the password was. He got frustrated when I told him for the third time It's "My Secret".
My last job required me to have 14 different passwords (or pins) for 14 different systems. They ranged from simple 4-digit codes to some that had to be 8-10 combination number/letter codes. They all had to be changed every 50-70 days and could never be repeated. When we asked Corporate why we couldn't just have one code per user for every system, their reply was "security reasons". The high-tech bastion that required this much security ? A grocery store.
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