What Is a Personal Identification Number (PIN)?
A personal identification number (PIN) is a security code to verify your identity. Like a password, your PIN must be kept secret because it allows access to important services such as financial transactions. PINs can be used for anything digital that requires access. This can include communication devices, car locks, home locks, and more.
Because PINs protect so much of your information and resources, it is a good idea to use a PIN that is difficult to guess.
Longer PINs work well because it takes more tries to guess. Most security systems lock your account after a certain number of attempts. This ensures that it is more difficult for thieves and computer programs to correctly guess your PIN.
Because the PIN authorizes you to access confidential information, it is essential to keep the number private.
Get and change a bank PIN
If you do not know your bank card PIN, you may need to request it from your financial institution. In some cases, you cannot choose your initial PIN; your service provider sends you a PIN separate from any card in case your card is stolen from the mail.
You usually have the option to change your PIN and you may need to do so. However, some banks allow you to choose your PIN when your card is printed.
When you lose or forget your PIN, you will need to reset it. This may require waiting for an email or document to be sent, visiting your bank, or calling your security manager.
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