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What's your PIN number?

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by joseephuss, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    Cracking Your PIN Code: Easy as 1-2-3-4

    If you lost your ATM card on the street, how easy would it be for someone to correctly guess your PIN and proceed to clean out your savings account? Not long, according to data scientist, Nick Berry, founder of Data Genetics, a Seattle technology consultancy.

    Berry analyzed passwords previously from released and exposed password tables and security breaches and filtered the results to just those that were exactly four digits long [0-9]. There are 10,000 possible combinations that the digits 0-9 can be arranged to form a four-digit code. Berry analyzed those to find which are the least and most predictable. He speculates that if users select a four-digit password for an online account or other web site, it's not a stretch to use the same number for their four-digit bank PIN codes.

    What he found, he says, was a "staggering lack of imagination" when it comes to selecting passwords. Nearly 11% of the 3.4 million four-digit passwords he analyzed are 1234. The second most popular PIN in is 1111 (6% of passwords), followed by 0000 (2%). (Last year SplashData compiled a list of the most common numerical and word-based passwords and found that the "password" and "123456" topped the list.)

    Berry says that a whopping 26.83% of all passwords could be guessed by attempting just 20 combinations of four-digit numbers (see first table). "It's amazing how predictable people are," he says.

    We don't like hard-to-remember numbers and "no one thinks their wallet will get stolen," Berry says.
  2. Rynie

    Rynie Benched

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    Ha! Anyone who steals my PIN will find themselves in instant debt! I win. :D
  3. Sarge

    Sarge Red, White and brew... Staff Member

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    My PIN number is 5197. There is no way someone is gonna figure that out.
  4. dez_for_prez

    dez_for_prez Active Member

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    Mine is 7232. Adds up to 14. In between my 2 favorite numbers 13 and 15. No real reason why I picked it.
  5. MonsterD

    MonsterD Quota outta absentia

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    1337 :nana:
  6. Cowboy Brian

    Cowboy Brian Romo 2 Austin

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    Thanks. :D
  7. Doomsday

    Doomsday Rising Star

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    What is a pin # :)
  8. rkell87

    rkell87 Well-Known Member

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    this is bs. I know some people are dumb but to say that because someone chose 1234 as their pin for an online account does not mean that they will choose it for the pin to their money. People have so many online accounts and passwords it is hard to remember them all if you don't keep it simple but for a debit card people usually

    A. remember the default pin the bank assigns you(like I have and don't use that number for anything else)

    B. change the number to one that has meaning or significance to them.

    C. change it to a birthday or last 4 of their social.

    I don't buy this at all
  9. baj1dallas

    baj1dallas New Member

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    I don't even know what my pin number is. My fingers just type it on their own.
  10. baj1dallas

    baj1dallas New Member

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    I hate the idiocy of the "security" world that demands highly "secure" password for every junky website that you log into once in your life. If you only needed passwords for websites or computers that realistically required them, it would be a lot easier to make them something difficult to guess.
  11. rkell87

    rkell87 Well-Known Member

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    what is funny is that 'highly secure' passwords like these pf6SankjyQ853X5 are actually really easy for a bruteforce program to get while incredibly difficult for you or me to remember
  12. lane

    lane The Chairman

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  13. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg That gum you like. Zone Supporter

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    That's actually mine too.
  14. Arch Stanton

    Arch Stanton it was the grave marked unknown right beside

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    I wouldn't tell you lot my PIN. :p:
  15. Sarge

    Sarge Red, White and brew... Staff Member

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    You'd have to know my name (Steve Johnson) in order to use and you don't know my name so you're out of luck.
  16. Muhast

    Muhast Newo

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    I get so frustrated when I am setting a password and they have a list of requests:

    Must be at least 7 characters
    Must contain capital and lower case letters
    Must have a number
    Must have a punctuation point in it
  17. Seven

    Seven Messenger to the football Gods

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    :lmao: Nice..........

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