Is it Time to Change Your Personal Identification Number?

young woman withdrawing cash at the ATM.

I recently ran across a study by DataGenetics that analyzed several exposed password databases to determine the 20 most-used personal identification numbers (PIN) by debit card holders.  The results of the study didn’t surprise me, I mean, of course 1234 is the most used PIN!  But what did strike me was that because a debit card allows three PIN attempts before it is locked, a thief who inputs the top three most-used PINs would gain access to funds in more than 1 out of every 6 wallets they steal.  If you find your PIN on the following list, it’s time for a change.

 

PIN Frequency (%)
1 1234 10.713
2 1111 6.016
3 0000 1.881
4 1212 1.197
5 7777 .745
6 1004 .616
7 2000 .613
8 4444 .526
9 2222 .516
10 6969 .512
11 9999 .451
12 3333 .419
13 5555 .395
14 6666 .391
15 1122 .366
16 1313 .304
17 8888 .303
18 4321 .293
19 2001 .290
20 1010 .285

Bank of the Ozarks knows how important it is to have the ability to change your PIN, whether it’s during business hours or not.  This is why you can change it anytime at any Bank of the Ozarks ATM or by calling 1-888-217-3668.


By Adam Lucas Adam Lucas holds a Finance degree and an MBA from the University of Kentucky. His work has appeared in many major outlets including Yahoo, AARP.org, and GoBankingRates.com.

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