Avoid these common debit card PINs

Filed in ATMs, Security by on January 31, 2013 0 Comments

bank-account-alertsYou should avoid these common debit card PINs. A recent study by a former rocket scientist (yes – an actual rocket scientist; times must be slow in the rocket biz) revealed that nearly 30% of ATM and Debit Card PINs use the exact same 20 passwords. He equates this to a one in five chance of picking an ATM or Debit card off the street and being able to unlock the account within five tries. Yikes!

Here are the top 10 debit card PINs to avoid:

  1. 1234
  2. 1111
  3. 0000
  4. 1212
  5. 7777
  6. 1004
  7. 2000
  8. 4444
  9. 2222
  10. 6969

See yours? Want to create a better (safer) ATM PIN? Here are some tips.

  1. Keep your randomly generated password from your issuer.
  2. Try to create a random password, like 2791. It doesn’t create a word and it doesn’t flow easily on a keypad.
  3. Don’t use the same number in succession, like 7777.
  4. Don’t use something that might be known to others, like your date of birth or anniversary.

Another good tip? If you have multiple cards, use multiple PINs. How lucky is the thief that cracks your code on one card to find that all of the cards in your wallet have the same exact PIN?

Man, this is good advice!

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Melvin is the Smart Green Pig. "Smart" as in intelligent. Some would say "Super Intelligent" or perhaps "Genius". But also "Smart" as in surly and sarcastic, so watch your Ps and Qs! By the way, Melvin gets paid (quite handsomely) by SECU, so even though he's completely unbiased, some might think otherwise. Just sayin' (disclosin').

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