The 20 Worst Possible Banking PINs

Avoid easily guessed passwords. Out of nearly 3.4 million four-digit PINs studied, 1234, 7777, and 6969 were among the most popular.

The 20 Worst Possible Banking PINs Photo (cc) by stesciuba

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:

Rank PIN Frequency
#1 1234 10.713%
#2 1111 6.016%
#3 0000 1.881%
#4 1212 1.197%
#5 7777 0.745%
#6 1004 0.616%
#7 2000 0.613%
#8 4444 0.526%
#9 2222 0.516%
#10 6969 0.512%
#11 9999 0.451%
#12 3333 0.419%
#13 5555 0.395%
#14 6666 0.391%
#15 1122 0.366%
#16 1313 0.304%
#17 8888 0.303%
#18 4321 0.293%
#19 2001 0.290%
#20 1010 0.285%

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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