Unfortunately, this defeats the entire purpose of having a security PIN to begin with. You should be creating PINs that are as hard as possible to remember and, therefore, hard for thieves to guess!
An infographic (posted below) was recently published by BackgroundCheck.org that presents PIN statistics regarding the most common ATM PIN numbers used, the least common PINs and provides some tips on how to create a more secure PIN.
ATM PIN Security Infographic Highlights:
The inventor of the first ATM and PIN number, John Shepard Barron, encouraged people to use 6-digit PINs instead of 4-digit numbers.
Using the numbers 0-9, there are 10,000 different combinations of 4-digit PINs.
5 most common pin numbers:
27% of all PINs used can be guessed by going through the list of the 20 most common PINs.
18% of PINs include 2-digit numbers repeated twice – for example: “4545″.
The most common number people use as the first digit in their PIN is “1″.
The best way to make your PIN secure is to use something that is hard to remember and to use 6-digit PINs when possible.
Click on the infographic below for the full size version.
Anson Alexander is a graduate from the University of Tampa with a degree in International Business and Information Systems.A previous IT Administrator for a medium size publication company, Anson has recently decided to work full time on his own business by publishing on AnsonAlex.com, publishing technology tutorials on YouTube and offering SEO, IT training and digital marketing services.His main interests include technology, social media, infographics, economics, marketing and web design.Connect with Anson on Google+.