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how common is your PIN?

Postby snoqueen » Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:32 pm

In keeping with my tendency to offer topics nobody else is interested in, here's an article about overly-guessable PIN numbers. The author shows with graphs and grid patterns how dopey most of us are in picking PINs.

There exist 10,000 possible four-digit PIN numbers, but statistically, one third of all codes can be guessed by trying just 61 distinct combinations. What are the commonest? Does a pattern show up with regard to PIN numbers that represent dates, repeating numbers, or patterns on a keypad?

You betcha, and here ya go:

www.datagenetics.com/blog/september32012/
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Re: how common is your PIN?

Postby massimo » Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:21 am

Good stuff!

Working for me: When I got my first ATM card, the bank assigned me a 4-digit pin randomly.

Because I'm lazy: From that point forward, any PIN I was allowed to select became that original PIN.

I'm fucked if: Someone gets hold of my PIN and steals my wallet.
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Re: how common is your PIN?

Postby Huckleby » Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:03 am

I use "bosco", never had a problem.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_f5hwzHJSc
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Re: how common is your PIN?

Postby Michael Patrick » Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:24 am

Here's mine: *****
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Re: how common is your PIN?

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:10 am

… nearly 11% of the 3.4 million passwords are 1234 !!!


remind me to change the combination on my luggage.
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Re: how common is your PIN?

Postby Lee B » Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:34 am

hehe #10 is 6969

we will never grow up
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Re: how common is your PIN?

Postby Detritus » Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:11 pm

Michael Patrick wrote:Here's mine: *****

Hey, me too! I thought they were supposed to be unique!
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Re: how common is your PIN?

Postby supaunknown » Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:34 pm

Detritus wrote:
Michael Patrick wrote:Here's mine: *****

Hey, me too! I thought they were supposed to be unique!

You've got an extra * in there.
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Re: how common is your PIN?

Postby Michael Patrick » Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:55 pm

supaunknown wrote:
Detritus wrote:
Michael Patrick wrote:Here's mine: *****

Hey, me too! I thought they were supposed to be unique!

You've got an extra * in there.


How do you know? Have you gone to work for the NSA???
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Re: how common is your PIN?

Postby Stu Levitan » Thu Aug 01, 2013 6:06 pm

snoqueen wrote:In keeping with my tendency to offer topics nobody else is interested in, here's an article about overly-guessable PIN numbers. The author shows with graphs and grid patterns how dopey most of us are in picking PINs.


Dude had WAY too much time on his hands.
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Re: how common is your PIN?

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Thu Aug 01, 2013 8:50 pm

Stu Levitan wrote:
snoqueen wrote:In keeping with my tendency to offer topics nobody else is interested in, here's an article about overly-guessable PIN numbers. The author shows with graphs and grid patterns how dopey most of us are in picking PINs.


Dude had WAY too much time on his hands.



Dude is a consultant who get's paid to do this sort of analysis. If this drums up a new client or two, the time spent paid for itself.
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Re: how common is your PIN?

Postby gozer » Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:42 pm

ja, why can't they let people use the base-60 number system of sumeria for their pins?

"welcome to the sumerička banka's bank card line. choose and perish:"
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