You use a 4-digit personal identification number (PIN) for a number of everyday things, such as your debit account, garage code, and cellphone password. In fact, the majority of people use the same PIN for every need. You would hope that if someone is consistently using the same 4-digit PIN they would at least make it creative. However, according to MSN Money, the majority of Americans are about as imaginative as a brick when it comes to creating their PINS.
The research company Data Genetics analyzed 3.4 million passwords and discovered that the nations most popular ATM PIN is (drum-roll please): 1234. Needless to say, it wouldn’t take a rocket-scientist to easily access your bank account with this code.
The top 10 most popular PINs are similarly as witty and secure, and account for more than 20% of all passwords found:
If you identify with any of these PINs, time for a change! Fight the urge to pick number combinations that relate to your birthday, home address, or any other obvious sequence. The most secure PINs are those that have zero meaning, purely nonsense. And I promise it won’t take long to memorize those four numbers, especially when your security counts on it!
To read the full article, visit http://money.msn.com/now/post–do-you-have-the-dumbest-pin-in-atm-history.