Thieves manage to crack over 25% of ATM PINs because many of us are making it too easy for them, according to technology consultancy DataGenetics.
WTOP reports that it only takes 20 attempts or less for thieves to crack a large number of ATM PINs because people tend to have simple combinations. It’s very common for people to use their birthdays or a number that’s easy to remember, such as 0000.
DataGenetics has compiled a list of the most common ATM PINs. Here are the top 10:
With 10,000 possible combinations out there, it’s better to use a random assortment of digits when coming up with a PIN combination because it’ll give thieves headaches instead of money. Some ATMs are designed to lock themselves out if someone attempts a certain number of combinations, so it’s easy to see how, say, 7381 will always be better than 1111.