Or, for that matter, Harold Pinter. We’re talking PINs, and this one was nice while it lasted:
The safest 4-digit PIN is “8068” — or at least it was, until researchers at Data Genetics told everyone this week. The researchers there went through a set of 3.4 million four-digit personal identification numbers and found “8068” came up only 25 times.
The most common PIN, unsurprisingly, is “1234.” Beyond that:
[T]here are several numbers that people seem drawn toward. For instance, PINs starting in “19” are common because people like to link their identification numbers with a significant year. In fact, all PINs that start in 19 fall into the top fifth of the dataset.
The top 20 includes all the series in which the first number is repeated throughout (such as 3333) plus 4321, 1212 and 2001. The study also found that many PINs are based on visual clues. Coming in at No. 22 is 2580 — the numbers that run down the middle of a phone or ATM keypad.
I’m waiting for something harder to guess, like, say, √2+3.