How ‘secure’ is your 4-digit PIN number? Is your PIN number a far too common one or is it a bit more unique in comparison to others? The folks over at the Data Genetics blog have put together an interesting analysis report that looks at the most common and least used 4-digit PIN numbers chosen by people.

Numerically based (0-9) 4-digit PIN numbers only allow for a total of 10,000 possible combinations, so it stands to reason that some combinations are going to be far more common than others. The question is whether or not your personal PIN number choices are among the commonly used ones or ‘stand out’ as being more unique.

Note 1: Data Genetics used data condensed from released, exposed, & discovered password tables and security breaches to generate the analysis report.

Note 2: The updates section at the bottom has some interesting tidbits concerning peoples’ use of dates and certain words for PIN number generation.

The analysis makes for very interesting reading, so browse on over to get an idea of where you stand with regards to your personal PIN number choices.

PIN Number Analysis [via Apartment Therapy]

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