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iPhone PIN code choices leave owners vulnerable to hackers

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iPhone PIN code choices leave owners vulnerable to hackers

iPhone users are leaving themselves open to theft and loss of personal data by choosing PIN codes that are too obvious, research suggests.

According to a study conducted by iPhone dev Daniel Amitay using his Big Brother Camera Security app, 15 per cent of Apple smartphone owners opt for one of ten predictable PIN codes to lock their handset.

Heading the list of common number combos is the-none-more-cryptic 1234, with 0000 just behind it. These two fiendishly clever codes will unlock around ten per cent of Apple smarties between them.

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Other popular choices were 1111, 5555 and 1212 – the last of which leads this tech watcher to presume that there’s a lot more roadies with iPhones than we might think.

Writing on his blog, Amitay stated: “Formulaic passwords are never a good idea, yet 13 per cent of all passcode sets were represented by only 10 different passcodes (out of a possible 10,000).

“The implication? A thief (or just a prankster) could safely try 10 different passcodes on your iPhone without initiating the data wipe.”

Think you might be at risk? Here’s that list of most common PIN’s in full so you can check:

  1. “1234”
  2. “0000”
  3. “2580”
  4. “1111”
  5. “5555”
  6. “5683”
  7. “0852”
  8. “2222”
  9. “1212”
  10. “1998”

Source:

Amitay

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