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Do you use one of the most common lock PINs?

Posted: , by Ken N.

Do you use one of the most common lock PINs?
Lockscreen PINs are a bit of a conundrum. On one hand, it needs to be convenient to enter, so you aren't fumbling every time you want to check your phone. But at the same time, it shouldn't be too predictable for snoops and thieves to guess.

Daniel Amitay, the developer behind the 'Big Brother Camera Security' app, did some anonymous research on the app's users. Collecting the PINs of about 200,000 users, he found that a disproportionate number were using the same codes. In fact, 15% of users were utilizing one of only ten possible codes.

The top 10 most common codes were, in order, 1234, 0000, 2580, 1111, 5555, 5683, 0852, 2222, 1212, and 1998. In case you were wondering, the obvious outlier (5683) spells 'LOVE'.

Do you use one of the most common lock PINs?
So why do we care? Well, the seasoned thief (or suspicious partner) now stands a reasonable chance (15%) of guessing your passcode, without prompting the device's automatic wipe.

And we think that the broader population would use these codes more than 15% of the time, as the users in the survey were all security-minded consumers.

source: Daniel Amitay via Lifehacker

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posted on 13 Jun 2011, 15:03 4

1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Well I hope people switch their lock pin's. Especially now that PhoneArena.com just posted the top ten pin's people use! lol I love to use the Android lock screen that you need to draw a pattern to unlock your phone. No one knows it & it's cool to use. When I unlock my phone people are like “hey that's a cool way to unlock your phone”. I always say YES it is! lol

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 16:15 4

8. p0rkguy (Posts: 677; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


I've never used the pin lock on my EVO. Used the pattern a few times but my friend was able to unlock it due to common smudges. Then came CM7 with its gesture lock and nobody has ever been able to unlock my phone, even after I tell them what it is they still take 10+ tries.

I also lol'd at the 1998. Silly 13 year olds...

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 16:56 2

11. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes you are right about the smudges, that is why I wipe the phone clean when I stop using it every time. It's like brushing my teeth, I never forget. Plus I hate using a greasy phone too. One time I need to make a call with my friend’s phone to find my phone & his phone had like a months worth of grease on it from his face & fingers. It was so gross. I told him to wipe that sh*t so I can use it. It was nasty! The screen was glistening in the sunlight! lol

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 22:26

19. E.N. (Posts: 2218; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Dude, it's super easy to unlock Android phones with the fancy lock. Its so much easier because the finger is never lifted up so it's really easy to watch as opposed to pushing four random buttons on a screen. And to be fair, I'm pretty sure there are very common unlock patterns. The most common ones (I bet) are zig-zag with an extra movement at the end or simply a circular motion.

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 15:18 3

2. Gawain (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)


Darn it!! Better change the combination on my luggage!! :-P

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 15:28 1

3. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


lol... Me too!! lmao!

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 15:57 3

6. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


12345.. 12345... what kind of A-hole uses that as their combination!?!?!?!


hey, thats the combination to my luggage!


:)

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 15:39 3

4. DocHoliday (unregistered)


Thanks Phonearena.....so much for a secret. Good thing nobody told you guys about the Bin Laden raid.

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 15:49 1

5. SomeGuy (unregistered)


Why in God's name do people have 1234 as their lock code? That's generally the first code anyone would try. Might as well not have one at all.

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 15:58 2

7. ATTCallCenter (unregistered)


Hmm, I would of though 6969 would of been up there

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 16:24 1

9. saw man (unregistered)


I use android lock on my iphone any way

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 17:11

13. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


mee too when i had it

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 16:30 1

10. evo 4g (unregistered)


I use 2961

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 17:09 1

12. jordanx (Posts: 23; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


Hhaahahhahahaahhaah i use 0000

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 17:32 2

14. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


Does anybody know the significance of 2580???

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 17:34 3

15. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


uh yea.. its right down the middle.. lol ask what 0852 stands for too, would ya. :)

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 08:38

27. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


Thanks remixfa! Do you know the significance of 0852??? lolol

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 22:31 1

20. PGSMan (unregistered)


2580 are just the center digits on the keyboard from top to bottom. 0852 is just the exact the opposite. :)

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 18:54 1

16. Fookshnickens (unregistered)


I get all of them, but WTF is "1998"?

Am I missing the joke here?

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 19:23 1

17. ccarrier012 (Posts: 24; Member since: 24 Dec 2008)


It was the year 13 years ago. It's ok, it's a tough concept.

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 08:14

21. paynekiller (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 May 2010)


I know it was 13 years ago but can we really narrow it down to 13 year old users? I'd think it is something else cause I doubt there are that many 13 year old users, and its a major coincidence so many would be born in '98.

But ya this was a survey group of 200,000 users, guess I'd have to find out if those 882 (or about) people were 13 year olds.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 19:21

26. Don't fell like makin one up (unregistered)


How is it a coincidence that so many 13 year olds were born in 1998? They were ALL born in 1998!

if anybody is 13 years old now, they would have been born in 1998.

Anyway, there are a great many smartphone users out there under the age of 18. I would presume the threshold is between 11 and 13 as the time when kids are allowed to have a smartphone. Personally, my 11 year old ain't gettin' a phone period until he gets a job. Even then I haven't decided if he'll get any kind of text/data package. These things are killing our kids.

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 08:33

22. aaronus (unregistered)


I'm surprised that 1701 isn't on this list...

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 08:33

23. aaronus (unregistered)


i'm surprised that 1701 isn't on this list...

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 12:59

24. ahmedra2ol (Posts: 27; Member since: 01 Mar 2011)


i use 59865423!!!!!!!!! LOOOOOOL using my N8

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 11:33

25. dd (unregistered)


Get the Motorola Atrix which has a finger print scanner ;)

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 05:28

28. Sway (unregistered)


5683? LOVE? Oh seriously, how lame is that?

Oh. Wait. That's my pin xD

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