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Secure code for all your pin numbers

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Stephen Rundle, Aug 16, 2020.

  1. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    I often get asked in one or more groups how can you remember your pin numbers to all your pins.


    I write the numbers on the back of my cards, bank, credit etc.

    Here is how to do it

    YEARS ago I chose a word with TEN letters none repeating, give each a number


    NO that is not mine in case some fool thought it.

    Now if your PIN number for your card is say 7591 then write HRCA on your card. another card could be 5218 RFAO

    You could make it easier by changing all your cards to the same pin if you wish, I have lost cards no problem.
  2. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    A substitution cipher
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  3. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    I have never forgotten a PIN. Having said that they are all 1234 which it makes it easy.
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  4. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    Idiot! 1111 is much more secure!
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  5. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    And if you forget it and get it backwards it'd still work. Good idea.
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  6. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Kodak used to use CAMEROSITY on their folders I believe.

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  7. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    Actually something I was never told but found out myself is checking numbers

    To check a number is correct when you are for instance paying a persons bank and want to make sure it is the right number

    Enter it

    Now.... confirm it "backwards" against the original

    If you check it as usual ... forwards you CAN make the same mistake, however when reading it in reverse you 100% always pick up on any errors
  8. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    However one stupid checkout person really got me annoyed, she, in front of a queue of people commented that "You do know you are not allowed to write on your cards don't you"

    Wrong person to not only be rude to but in front of others, big mistake when I asked for her supervisor.

    Also there is nothing to stop you telling others your pin number, there are countless disabled people, dementia, autistic, MND who rely on carers and son on daily, you just have to accept that if any loss is traced to tem it is not recoverable, however, you can tell the bank
  9. MickLL

    MickLL In the Stop Bath

    Your example has no zero but you don't need ten ;);)

  10. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Not necessarily stupid.
    Ignorant of a rule, perhaps, but that is not the same as stupid. I wouldn't have considered her comment as "rude" as written here.

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  11. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    Even the stupid ones aren't daft. One customer's card will have well and truly been marked.
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  12. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    I like what Americans (used to?) do in the absence of chip and PIN - instead of signing the card one could write "check ID" in the box. Not infallible but better than nothing.
  13. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    Yes it does, 10 remove the 1, sorry thought that was ............ :)
  14. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    No, it was rude because she showed me up in a queue of people,
  15. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    That is not the same as rude.

    She may have believed you aren't allowed to write on a card and was trying to help you.

  16. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    It is very unlikely to be illegal to write on a CC but it is highly likely that the bank's T&Cs ban it, this could give the bank an excuse for refusing a refund if a fraudster does get through your skimpy defenses
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  17. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    Is your name Karen or its male equivalent?
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  18. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    I am an engineer, I count zero, one, two, three...
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  19. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    Perhaps it would be easier if we don't talk to people and believe we are being helpful on the off chance we may offend.
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  20. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    Whether or not it is rude will depend upon how she said it. For example, if she spoke quietly with the intention that only you would hear it probably isn't rude and may have been an attempt to be helpful. If she said it loudly I suggest it was insensitive, rude? Possibly but that probably wasn't the intention. It can be very easy to misread people's intentions, sometimes it is better to ignore a slight than to make an issue of it, the vast majority of people do not mean any harm.
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