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Ten Most Common iPhone Passcodes Revealed

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jun 13, 2011.

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    iOS developer Daniel Amitay today took an interesting look (via The Next Web) at iPhone passcode trends as revealed by usage of his popular Big Brother Camera Security application.
    Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most popular passcode for the app was "1234", a choice made by about 4.3% of users. Other popular codes include ones with repeating numbers (such as "0000" and "1111") and patterns on the keypad (such as "2580" and "1212"). All told, Amitay discovered that 15% of the over 200,000 passcodes captured by his app were represented by just ten different passcodes.
    Beyond the passcodes representing repetitive and patterned entries, Amitay found a higher-than-expected frequency of passcodes in the 1980-2000 range, suggesting that users are prone to using their birth years or years of other significant events in their lives as their passcodes.

    Article Link: Ten Most Common iPhone Passcodes Revealed
  2. macrumors 6502a


    So we could say there are a lot of people born in 1998 with an iPhone? :p
  3. macrumors member

    My passcode is 1337. Haha.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    wow... 1,425 people in that chart have use the word "love" as a password... interesting ;)
  5. macrumors 6502


    Good to know so I can hack other's iPhones. Just kidding. ;)

    Mine isn't on there. Obviously.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Oh, FFS, do I have to do the Spaceballs quote?

    1234? Really? Good thing Apple developed Remote Wipe, then.
  7. macrumors 603


    My passcode is 8852.
  8. macrumors member

    Same here... It's popular, I guess.
  9. macrumors 68040

    Phil A.

    Interesting as this is, I feel that collecting passcodes and sending them back to the developer (anonymised or not) is well out of order and may breach several Apple guidelines on data capture and use, not to mention data protection laws
  10. macrumors 6502a


    I agree. Though, you could argue he's not really recording lockscreen passwords (I don't think you could do that through an app either way) but rather he implemented a screen that looked very much like it and so its users put in their lockscreen one. Tricky and deceitful, I guess.
  11. macrumors G3


    He's not tricking users into thinking they're at the lock screen, his application simply uses the same lock mechanism. He then published some anonymous results. In what was is that tricky, deceitful, or wrong?
  12. macrumors 6502a

    louis Fashion

    I wish this info was on the splash page of every computer. We DO need to tighten up. Sony hack, IMF hack, Citi hack, I bet Sony was using 1234 on data like my credit card or what not. Jeeze.
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  14. macrumors 601


    Ones I have previously used:


    New super secret one now ;)
  15. macrumors 68040

    Phil A.

    This quote here
    He's sending information gathered by the application back to himself, and I don't see a notice about doing that in the application description (it may say it on the app: I've never installed it so don't know). I don't care if it's anonymised or not, no application should "phone home" without the express permission of the user who's installed it
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Gotta.. fight.. curiosity...

    Bah, mine used to be the same one as my credit card, probably a bit dangerous. So I changed it to 9315.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Remind me to change my passcode.... :p
  18. macrumors 68020


    +1. If I create a passcode I would assume it is not stored in plain text anywhere. Much less combine it with all of your other customers to say what they are. I have a web site where customers login in with a password. We encrypt it and store it in the database. When the customer comes back they enter the passcode which we encrypt and compare. Never do we retain the original passcode.
  19. macrumors 68000


    I use my alarm code!
  20. macrumors 6502

    Mine is 7883, for 'STUD'
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Mine used to be 2275 for AAPL. :cool:
  22. macrumors 68030


    That's creepy. This is the price for "free"? How can the app upload the user's passcode (most people will set the same code for this app anyway) without permission?
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    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    I use a pseudo-random number generator to pick my passcodes and I change it once every 15 minutes, just to be super-secure. That's how I can be confident that nobody will see my top-secret data, such as the note saying "bring bread and milk on the way home".

    Of course that means that once in a while my passcode is 1234 or 0000! :eek:
  24. macrumors regular


    Well this just proves that most iPhone users are foolish, why even put a pass code on your device if it is that simple! If I used a passcode it would also be 1337.

    This is such an interesting report, I love this!
  25. macrumors 6502a


    I wouldn't be a happy user of that app if I used one of those 10 passwords and they just shared it with the world.

    And if my phone is broken into because I use the same passcode...


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