The 10 Most Common iPhone Passwords
Think you have a secure iPhone password? Check this list, you might be using one of the freakishly common passcodes out there, and if so, it’s time to change it. These were compiled by an iOS developer who anonymously captured the passwords through his app:
If you find yours on this list, you should do yourself a favor and change it. Make your code unique enough that it’s more secure, just don’t make it so confusing that you forget it and have to reset the passcode – resetting means you’ll lose all the data on your iPhone.
Another good security idea; Set your iPhone to erase all data on 10 failed password attempts. What are the odds you’re going to enter your incorrect password 10 times in a row? Slim, even if you’re extremely inebriated.
The common password list comes from an iOS developer who anonymously captured 204,508 passwords through the app called BigBrother Camera Security. The developer describes the problem of using one of the 4 digit codes from the above list:
Formulaic passwords are never a good idea, yet 15% of all passcode sets were represented by only 10 different passcodes (out of a possible 10,000). The implication? A thief (or just a prankster) could safely try 10 different passcodes on your iPhone without initiating the data wipe. With a 15% success rate, about 1 in 7 iPhones would easily unlock–even more if the intruder knows the users’ years of birth, relationship status, etc.
Are you one of the 1/7 iPhones? I’ll admit, I used 0000 for a long time as my password. Not because I thought it was secure, but because it was a small barrier to prevent random gazers from creeping around my iPhone, yet easy enough that I could quickly bypass it.
The iPhone is becoming more and more of a personal device. Everything from your emails, online banking, credit card processing, think about what you store on your iPhone and how you probably don’t want that in prying hands should you lose your phone. Best case scenario someone will return it to you if you set an “If found” note as the lock screen image or you setup Find My iPhone, or maybe someone will just buy a coffee and set a stupid Facebook status and move along, but there’s certainly potential for worse.