Pick the perfect PIN passcode

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Choose a secure PIN for your iPad or iPhone passcode lock.

Cracking a PIN passcode on an iPad or iPhone isn’t impossible. All a hacker or thief needs is a robust pair of thumbs and enough hours to try the 10,000 or so possible combinations for a four-digit PIN using the numbers 0-9.

But too many of us make the job even simpler by choosing easy-to-guess PIN passcodes. According to iOS developer Daniel Amitay (http://danielamitay.com/blog/2011/6/13/most-common-iphone-passcodes), the most popular four-digit passcode is 1234.

Based on his research in 2011, which saw him anonymously record 204,508 passcodes, the ten most common iPhone passcodes are in descending order:

1234
0000
2580
1111
5555
5683
0852
2222
1212
1998

So, how do you choose a good PIN for your iPad or iPhone passcode lock? Here are our top tips for creating a strong, unguessable PIN.

  • Avoid using birthdays – either your own or that of other family members.
  • Avoid using yearsaccording to research by DataGenetics, the years between 1990 and 2000 are popular choices for PINs.
  • Don’t use repeating digits such as 1111 or 9999.
  • Avoid using patterns such as 2468 or 2357.
  • Don’t use the same PIN that you use for your debit or credit card.
  • Don’t use the last four digits of your phone number.
  • Don’t use your address number.
  • After creating a memorable and secure passcode PIN, protect it! Don’t write down your PIN or share it with others.

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