15% of all iPhone owners use one of just ten passwords on their lock screen, making it trivial for thieves with physical access to hack into their device with just some remedial trial-and-error. Is your passcode on the list?
Here are the ten most commonly used passcodes according to the developer of the Big Brother Camera Security app, who fitted some anonymous tracking code into his app to figure out which passcodes people were using most often on Big Brother Camera Security, which should also translate to the iOS’s proper lock screen.
The most common passcodes, in descending order:
1998’s addition at the bottom of the list is interesting, as it’s the only one that doesn’t follow a pattern. However, after 1998, most of the popular passcodes were years, with the 1990s being the most likely decade to be a workable passcode. That’s likely because people are mostly picking passcodes that correspond to their birth or graduation year.
The lesson? You shouldn’t be using non-random passcodes if you’re serious about your iPhone’s security, and set your iPhone to data wipe automatically after ten failed entries.
Tell us true: did you see your passcode on this list? If so, will you change your passcode now, or are you less worried about your data’s security than your handset’s physical security? Let us know!