A recent study determined that, shockingly, the most used Personal Identification Number for the iPhone is 1234. With security breaches and data hacks abound, users should be more careful when securing their personal information.
The PIN code at the lock screen is pretty much ubiquitous when it comes to iPhone security, and you would think that everyone would take advantage of another level of security and carefully select a PIN to protect the sensitive information stored inside. With phones constantly updating and adding features, especially financial ones, security becomes critically important.
If you weren’t surprised about the most common combination (maybe you use it too, in which case you should change it now), then the rest of the top ten list will surely astonish you. Apparently users are not that imaginative when it comes to locking up their iPhone. Keeping in mind that there are 10,000 possible 4 digit combinations, the most used combinations are:
- 5683 (Spelling LOVE)
These codes account for 14.4 percent of the users of, ironically, a different security app owned by a company called Atimay who performed the study, meaning that one in seven iPhones can be unlocked pretty easily (divide 100 by 14.4). Smartphones have already advanced to performing so much more than just making phone calls and sending messages, so users must protect what is stored inside of it.
Financial apps have been evolving at a staggeringly quick rate from mobile banking available from almost every bank, to PayPal allowing payments between phones with just a bump, and from card readers that make it possible for phones to accept credit card payments, to the Google Wallet utilizing NFC technology, activating payments by merely passing the phone over a scanner.
The PIN to open the iPhone is quickly becoming more than a gateway to your text messages from last night, as this kind of technology continues to evolve causing mobile interactions to become even more sensitive and personal. Make sure that your iPhone is not one that can be broken into just because you were too lazy to make a more sophisticated PIN.
iPhones get lost and stolen all the time believe it or not, so make sure you secure yours from unwelcome eyes because even if mobile finance is not yet part of your daily life it inevitably will be.