In autumn 2013, Apple introduced the iPhone 5s, equipped with a fingerprint scanner, and over the years, biometric user identification modules are actively used by all smartphone manufacturers. However, the traditional password of the lock screen, consisting of numbers and / or letters, has not gone away and is still a vulnerability of the iOS device’s security system.
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Despite its simplicity, an ordinary lock screen password (often just a four-digit number) in most cases prevents unauthorized access to the user’s personal data, and also helps to return stolen and lost smartphones to their owners. However, cybersecurity experts at SANS Institute claim that about a quarter of all jailbroken iPhones were unlocked using just the 20 most popular digit combinations.
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20 most common passwords on iPhone
Especially often, these passwords are set by users of obsolete gadgets that are not equipped with a Touch ID sensor or Face ID technology, because they have to enter the code dozens of times a day. However, the owners of more modern devices also do not always pay due attention to security.
In fact, coming up with and remembering a complex password for the iPhone lock screen (or for something else) is pretty simple. For example, if you need a simple 4-digit key, you can simply subtract the number of the parents’ house from the year of your birth and get a completely random password that does not fall into the statistics of frequently used ones. We already published interesting material about inventing and remembering passwords with useful hacker tips.
By the way, even a complex and long password pretty quickly “crashes” into the so-called muscle memory. In the video below, you can see how the Japanese enters the 50-digit key of the iPhone lock screen in the Tokyo subway.
It is worth noting that before the release of iOS 9, iPhone users had the ability to set only 4-digit passwords for the lock screen, while subsequent versions of the Apple mobile OS allow you to use long combinations of characters (numbers and letters). Detailed instructions for setting and changing the password for the iPhone lock screen can be found here.
Dear readers, we ask you to vote and honestly answer the question: “Is your iPhone unlock password in the TOP 20 most common?”