Use One Of These PINs At The Cash Machine? You Should Change It

Despite there being more than 10,000 possible combinations in a four-digit PIN, nearly 27% of us use one of the top 20 PINs to get cash from an ATM, according to recent analysis.

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3.4 million PINs have been analysed to see what were the most commonly used. Here are the top 20. Can you guess which is the most common? Yes, over 10% of people choose 1234 as their PIN.

# PIN Freq
#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%

Given this distribution of PINs from all 10,000 possibilities, there is actually 1 in 5 chance that you’ll guess the PIN number on a cash card in 5 attempts. Not bad odds for the average mugger or thief.

Is it time for banks to increase the length of PINs, or introduce another way of securing their cash cards?

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