Why Don't All Phones Have This Clever PIN Code Scrambler?

An upcoming build of the CyanogenMod operating system includes a simple but brilliant security feature called "Scramble PIN Layout." It's exactly what it sounds like: a way to scramble the keypad when you unlock your phone so that people can't peek at your keystrokes and learn your PIN. » 11/10/14 5:58pm 11/10/14 5:58pm

Target Confirms That Encrypted PINs Were Swiped in Black Friday Hack

After admitting yesterday that some encrypted data had been pulled by the hack potentially affecting 40 million customers, Target has gone on to further confirm that the encrypted data stolen does in fact include PIN information. Whether or not the hackers will be able to extract the PINs from this data, though,… » 12/27/13 12:55pm 12/27/13 12:55pm

The 10 Dumbest ATM PINs Are Even Dumber Than You'd Think

In an age of mandatory password complexity and burgeoning biosensory protection, the idea of a four-number PIN for the ATM seems almost quaint. That doesn't excuse the fact that the most popular PIN is still, yes, 1234. Come on, people. » 8/02/13 9:12am 8/02/13 9:12am

The 20 Most Common PINs Are Painfully Obvious

We already know people are really bad at picking passwords, but they're also god awful at choosing obvious, crackable credit card PINs. In fact, the most common four-digit code is not-so shockingly, 1-2-3-4. Come on, people. » 9/26/12 11:10am 9/26/12 11:10am

Prudish Pinterest Won't Allow Pins Sourced from Sex.com (UPDATE)

Sure, Pinterest is known for hosting essentially what amounts to a virtual, scrolling, wedding wish-book. But it's also home to some rather sexy, somewhat stylized "tasteful" nude images. It's equal opportunity as far as pins go. » 9/20/12 1:00am 9/20/12 1:00am

Old Tech Reincarnated as New Bling

Where does technology go when it dies? If it's lucky, designer Paola Mirai snaps it up and incorporates it into her Cirkuita collection, a mix of jewelry that combines circuits and transistors and other gear ephemera with a material called orotransparente to create wearable pins, rings, and baubles. Beats the junkyard… » 5/10/11 12:40am 5/10/11 12:40am

Handcrafted Mii Brooches Gives Your Outfit Some Jennifer-Aniston 'Flair'

Yeah, I only played the Wii to make my Mii. I was one of those people. Someone even enjoyed it so much they started making Miis offline with the these handcrafted, cute-as-a-button Mii brooches/pins. » 1/28/09 10:00pm 1/28/09 10:00pm