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What passcodes you should use When Trying to Steal an iPhone
By James Lenhart

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We all should know by now that stealing a phone these days is probably not the brightest idea, but people still do it — and part of the problem are the passcodes people to choose to set on their phones. iOS developer Daniel Amitay knows a thing or two when it comes to locking your phones down and has wisdom to share.

Out of 200,000+ iPhone users he gathered the following data: The obvious “1234” is the most common with 8,884 people using it. This was followed by “0000″, “2580″ and “1111″. All of the passwords mentioned are common in the regular internet — accounting for more than 10% of passwords used.

Excerpt from Amitay off TNW:

Most of the top passcodes follow typical formulas, such as four identical digits, moving in a line up/down the pad, repetition. 5683 is the passcode with the least obvious pattern, but it turns out that it is the number representation of LOVE (5683), once again mimicking a very common internet password: “iloveyou.”

Interestingly, 1990-2000 are all in the top 50, and 1980-1989 are all in the top 100. I would interpret this occurrence as a subset of users that set their passcodes to the year of their birth or graduation.

The bigger picture is that 4-Digit passcodes are rapidly becoming obsolete, especially when you take into consideration that 18.65 million iPhones were sold in Q2 of 2011. That’s just one quarter and one phone. Since there isn’t much you can do with the given options — just make sure you password protect your phone with something that is not obvious and easy. Also consider locking down your apps within the phone itself with different passwords. This will make it that much harder for the intruder to gain access to your stuff.

Source: TNW


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