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Do You Have the Most Common iPhone Passcode?
June 13, 2011 01:31 PM
LOCK IT DOWN
"One, two, three, four, five? That's amazing! I have the same combination on my luggage!"
-- President Skroob,
"You don't just give a stranger our address!"
"It's on the door! It's not like I gave him my PIN number! Actually, I do use that as my PIN number."
-- Carrie and Doug,
King of Queens
In February, Bloomberg reported on the
most common passwords
and all of you ought to be ashamed of yourselves. I mean, 123456? ABC123? Password?!
You deserve to have your American Express and Amazon accounts hacked.
But after that report was filed, the majority of those with easy-to-discover passwords chose not to heed
Lifehacker's advice in concocting a password
and opted to select equally easy-to-discover iPhone passcodes to unlock their devices. Unlike the trails of fingerprint grease used to
bypass the Android's lock screen
, iPhone thieves need only consult this list of the top ten most common iPhone passcodes to gain access to your personal information.
And, once again, all of you ought to be ashamed of yourselves.
According to iOS developer Daniel Amitay
, out of 204,508 recorded passcodes, these ten digit arrays represent 15% of all passcodes in use -- with "1234" being way out in the lead. Amitay writes, "Most of the top passcodes follow typical formulas, such as four identical digits, moving in a line up/down the pad, repetition. 5683 is the passcode with the least obvious pattern, but it turns out that it is the number representation of LOVE (5683), once again mimicking a very common internet password: 'iloveyou.' "
He adds, "Interestingly, 1990-2000 are all in the top 50, and 1980-1989 are all in the top 100. I would interpret this occurrence as a subset of users that set their passcodes to the year of their birth or graduation."
Not to worry. They'll soon graduate to using their kids' birthdays as passwords once they start procreating.
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