000000 is Kanye West’s iPhone passcode


Graham Cluley
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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.

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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?

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

12 comments on “000000 is Kanye West’s iPhone passcode”

  1. Marcus McCrory

    "000000"? He must be mentally ill.

    1. Strange times · in reply to Marcus McCrory

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

  2. todd bensel

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

    1. Chris Pugson · in reply to todd bensel

      Kanye West's slovenliness is dangerous.

    2. Arnold Schmidt · in reply to todd bensel

      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.

      1. Jim · in reply to Arnold Schmidt
  3. Serkan

    … 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

    Kanye West fantasises about bowling a maiden over.

    1. Nigel · in reply to Chris Pugson

      *polite applause* :-)

  5. Jim

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

    1. Arnold Schmidt · in reply to Jim

      …only if the "Ye" is followed by "Gods".

    2. Steve Connolly · in reply to Jim

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