AMERICAN APP DEVELOPER Daniel Amitay has published the most commonly used passcodes on Apple Iphones in his blog.
The post on student and Iphone developer Daniel Amitay's blog reveals the passcodes most commonly used to get onto Apple's shiny Iphones. He conducted the research using his own app called Big Brother Camera Security.
The 10 most common passcodes according to Amitay's findings are, in descending order, 1234, 0000, 2580, 1111, 5555, 5683, 0852, 2222, 1212 and 1998. The top ten passcodes used to unlock the Iphone make up 15 per cent of all passcodes in use.
Amitay didn't spend forever looking over peoples shoulders and writing down passcodes 204,508 times but used his app to record the data. He anonymously recorded passcodes that people used for his application.
His app for the Iphone, which takes a photo of anyone using your phone without permission, uses a lock screen that's almost identical to the one used by the Iphone itself. For this reason he thinks his findings should correlate well to what people use for their passcodes for the Iphone.
There's also the fact that most people like to use the same codes for things to avoid confusion and forgetting things.
Among the same digit passcodes are ones that spell words, that is, 5683 spells 'Love'. Amitay wrote that passcodes ranging from 1990 to 2000 are all in the top 50, and 1980 to 1989 are all in the top 100, and he said, "I would interpret this occurrence as a subset of users that set their passcodes to the year of their birth or graduation."
If the findings really do match the actual passcodes of Iphone users then with the top 10 codes making up 15 per cent, nearly 1 in 7 Iphones can be unlocked within 10 blind attempts.
A day after he put his blog post up Apple removed Amitay's app from the App Store. In a tweet Amitay said, "The Apple gods that be have removed Big Brother Camera Security from the App Store. Working on getting it back on!" µ
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