There are some pin numbers that make you more likely to become a crime victim. The worst pin numbers make it easy for thieves to steal your money, your identity and more.
DataGenetics looked at 3.4 million four-digit passwords to find those that are foolishly easy to crack.
All of the 10,000 combinations of digits from 0000 through to 9999 were represented in the dataset.
Data scientist Nick Berry says he hopes the findings will convince people to be a bit more creative when coming up with a 4-digit pin code to protect their finances and other accounts.
There are 10,000 possible combination in which the digits 0-9 can be arranged to form four-digit pins.
Berry used data condensed from released/exposed/discovered password tables and security breaches.
Berry found a staggering number of people, 11 percent of 3.4 million pin codes, used 1234.
The next most popular is 1111, with more than 6 percent of pins.
Third most popular is 0000, with nearly 2 percent of the 3.4 million pin codes.
The top twenty pin codes account for nearly 27 percent of all pin codes, which can make guessing the combination to access sensitive information and accounts far too easy.
Fourth most common: 1212
Fifth most common: 7777
Sixth most common: 1004 (Berry attributes the popularity to Korean language speakers. When spoken, 1004 is cheonsa -- cheon=1,000, sa=4. Cheonsa is also the Korean word for angel.)
Seventh most common: 2000
Eighth most common: 4444
Ninth most common: 2222
Tenth most common: 6969
Eleventh most common: 9999
Twelfth most common: 3333
Thirteenth most common: 5555
Fourteenth most common: 6666
Fifteenth most common: 1122
Sixteenth most common: 1313
Seventeenth most common: 8888
Eighteenth most common: 4321
Nineteenth most common: 2001
Twentieth most common: 1010
If your pin number is on this list, it would be wise to change it to something far less predictable,
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