Mobile devices have become the lifeline of our existence. From making simple calls, these devices have now transformed into smartphones allowing us to keep in touch with family and friends, checking our email, check our favorite websites, read news, banking online and more.
However, when we are increasingly using our mobile devices to do almost everything that we did on a desktop, we still do not protect it that well. Every mobile device including an iPhone have a feature which allows us to lock the device. This ensures that the device can only be accessed if a pass code is entered.
While many tech savvy people might use strong passcodes or symbols, a majority of users still prefer to use very weak passcodes. A recent study by Daniel Amitay, he found that the top ten iPhone passcodes are really easy to crack.
Out of 204,508 passcodes he had access to, the top ten iPhone passcodes were 1234, 0000, 2580, 1111, 5555, 5683, 0852, 2222, 1212, 1998. Most of these were easy to crack and were used very frequently. The most common one was 1234 which is also part of one of the most common internet passwords.
Interestingly passwords like 5683, which do not seem to follow any pattern is actually the numeric value for the word "LOVE" when typed on a phone keypad. Another common password usage was to use the 4 digit year. For example, 1998, 1999 and so on or birth years.
These trends are pretty disturbing as it gives intruders an easy chance to access the content of your phone. Having memorable and difficult passcodes is not hard at all.
In addition to that, you can also use a much stronger protection for your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad by visiting our guide for Setting stronger passcodes for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.