Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by ronjor, Jun 7, 2012.
Leaving aside the question of secure vs. insecure passwords, which has been discussed more or less to death ...
My 4-digit bank card PIN was assigned by my bank, and since there seems to be no pattern to the digits, once I felt I'd comfortably memorized it I used the same PIN for other purposes, such as my Bell calling card. My Visa is from my own bank, so uses the same PIN anyway. The mnemonic for mine was relatively handy -- as it happened, in the year corresponding to the first two digits my age was *approximately* (off by 2 or 3) the last two.
While a bank customer can change the cards' PIN if desired, doing so has to be done in person with tons of ID much of which wouldn't normally be carried around. So even a lost card shouldn't be a security concern, particularly given that, as noted in the OP, ATMs normally seize and retain the card after a small number of failed tries.
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