Data analytics company DataGenetics has analyzed nearly 3.4 million leaked four-digit passwords – such as those used for banking or to lock your phone – and figured out which are the most popular.
In other words, these are PINs you should not use, because they’re incredibly predictable…
A staggering 26.83% of all passwords could be guessed by attempting these [top] 20 combinations!
Statistically, with 10,000 possible combination, if passwords were uniformly randomly distributed, we would expect these 20 passwords to account for just 0.2% of the total, not the 26.83% encountered.
Here are the most popular PINs:
Researchers also discovered other interesting patterns – people apparently prefer even numbers to odd ones, for instance. As for the least frequent PINs, 8068 was the rarest combination, used in just 0.000744% of the surveyed passwords. Of course, you don’t want to use that either – as the article notes, “Hackers can read too!”
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