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August 6, 2013
Would you leave your car running while you went inside a 7-Eleven for a quart of milk? Would you leave your front door open and go for a run? Would you give your bank account number to a Mr. Sanusi Lamido Aminu, the newly-elected Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria? (Hey, that’s who his email said he was and he’s never lied to us before.)
Presumably you’ve answered the above questions with a resounding NO! But, even if you don’t do any of the above, for the sake of making your PIN easier to remember, do you use any of these numbers?
Please say you said “no” again.
Whew. Had us worried for a moment. You see these are the ten most used PINs and, according to a study by DataGenetics, a company that does data mining and analysis, these numbers can be successfully guessed by credit and debit card thieves within 20 attempts.
A story on news.yahoo.com cites the Department of Justice as saying, “about 10 percent of all Americans suffer from credit card fraud each year and another 7 percent have their debit cards hacked or stolen. (That comes to) more than $5.5 billion in…credit card fraud each year.”
According to Forbes, the USA and Mexico have the greatest number of credit and debit card thefts with 42 percent of Americans having been a victim of some form of card fraud.
So what is the least used, and by extension, the safest PIN? 8068. At least it was till now.
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Posted by Dan Rampe
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