Is Your Bank Account One PIN Crack Away from Being Drained?

I love trying to get creative when creating new passwords and PINs, but sometimes my brain can’t handle a new thing to remember and I, I confess, result to the “old fashioneatm 150x150 Is Your Bank Account One PIN Crack Away from Being Drained? d” 1234. Well, it looks like I’m not alone. According to a recent report, 1234 is the most commonly used PIN – not too surprising – and is in fact used by more than 11% of all cardholders.

Coming up with a new PIN isn’t easy or fun, but it’s necessary and can protect more than just your bank account, it can protect your identity. When looking to create a new PIN, consider coming up with one strong PIN that doesn’t tie to a personal date that many know. It only takes one hacked PIN to ruin your entire identity. Don’t make your PIN something that’s easy to guess, and don’t choose from one of the top 20 most commonly used PINs. To read the full list by Mashable, visit

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About Kelsey Owen

Kelsey Owen is the Director of Communications and Public Affairs for the Better Business Bureau serving Metro Washington DC and Eastern PA (@BBB_DCPA). Prior to December 2014, Kelsey was the Communications and Marketing Coordinator for the Council of Better Business Bureaus based out of Arlington, VA. Kelsey graduated from Denison University with a degree in economics and communication and holds a master's degree in media entrepreneurship from American University.