iPhone password cracking ‘easier than many think’

iPhone password cracking ‘easier than many think’

Businesses have been warned that the four-digit passcode used to protect information on Apple iPhones may not be as secure as first thought.

Micro Systemation, a Swedish security firm which helps police and military around the world crack digital security systems, has released a video that shows just how easy it is to crack an iPhone PIN number.

The video shows Mike Dickinson, the firm's marketing director, using an application to easily access the contents of a PIN secured smartphone in less than two minutes.

Speaking to Forbes, he revealed that the application works like a jailbreak hack, and after bypassing the phone's security restrictions, forces the password, guessing every combination in a short space of time.

"The more complex the password, the longer and harder it's going to be to access the phone," he added, before noting that some passwords are so difficult that it is not worthwhile to take the time to crack them.

This highlights the importance of creating a long password with a variety of letters, numbers and symbols on files to protect them from a hack.