000000 is Kanye West’s iPhone passcode

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Kanye West

So, Kanye West had a meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House because… well, because 2018, I guess.

The shy and retiring Kanye West had quite a lot to say, leaving even Mr Trump speechless for a while.

It was all rather strange, but what is most relevant to this website is the moment when Kanye West unlocked his iPhone X, in full sight of the world’s media.

Kanye West, it appears, doesn’t use Apple’s Face ID biometric feature - but instead believes in staying “old school”, using a six-digit passcode.

And, according to the cameras, the passcode chosen by the millionaire rapper is “000000”.

A few thoughts:

  • 000000” is not a strong passcode.
  • In fact, it’s a terrible passcode. Back when most iPhone users’ passcodes were only four digits long, a researcher discovered “0000” was the second most common passcode, coming second only to “1234”. I don’t think adding two more zeroes is likely to have reduced its popularity.
  • iOS itself actually warns you if you choose “000000” as your passcode, and suggests you choose a better passcode.

Easily guessed passcode

  • You would have to be an idiot or unbelievably arrogant to ignore that advice.
  • Or both.
  • Furthermore, it’s not a good idea to type your smartphone’s passcode or passphrase when someone is watching.
  • It’s an even worse idea to do it when the world’s media are watching.
  • You should probably enable Touch ID or Face ID if your iPhone supports it.

Of course, lots of people are having fun about Kanye West’s weak iPhone passcode, but does it really matter? After all, it’s not likely most of us are ever likely to gain physicial access to his smartphone.

Well, yes… maybe it does matter. Because if Kanye West has chosen such a God-awful passcode for his smartphone, what are the chances he might be using something equally daft (or maybe even “000000” again?) for his online accounts?

Would anyone be prepared to bet against mischievous hackers trying to break into some of his online accounts with predictable, easy-to-crack passwords right now?

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12 Responses

  1. Marcus McCrory

    October 12, 2018 at 1:51 am #

    000000”? He must be mentally ill.

    • Strange times in reply to Marcus McCrory.

      October 12, 2018 at 4:15 am #

      Better that than finding out he isn’t, right?

  2. todd bensel

    October 12, 2018 at 2:19 am #

    Why the hell would you publish this? You are dangerous. I’m done with your blogs, websites and whatever.

    • Chris Pugson in reply to todd bensel.

      October 12, 2018 at 8:44 am #

      Kanye West’s slovenliness is dangerous.

    • Arnold Schmidt in reply to todd bensel.

      October 12, 2018 at 4:11 pm #

      Since Kanye’s password has been published just about everywhere since his meeting with The Donald, why are you getting all huffy about it showing up in Cluely’s newsletter? I’m beginning to suspect that the mental deficit Kanye demonstrates is somewhat more widespread than I thought.

  3. Serkan

    October 12, 2018 at 7:18 am #

    … or maybe he is sensitive regarding his security and knew cameras will be recording so changed his password to ‘000000’ for that occasion?

  4. Chris Pugson

    October 12, 2018 at 8:42 am #

    Kanye West fantasises about bowling a maiden over.

    • Nigel in reply to Chris Pugson.

      October 12, 2018 at 3:32 pm #

      *polite applause* :-)

  5. Jim

    October 12, 2018 at 9:44 am #

    Aren’t we meant to refer to him as Ye, these days?

    • Arnold Schmidt in reply to Jim.

      October 12, 2018 at 4:13 pm #

      …only if the “Ye” is followed by “Gods”.

    • Steve Connolly in reply to Jim.

      October 15, 2018 at 9:42 am #

      Ye we are!

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