Are PIN Codes Secure?

Posted by Latitude Customer Support on 29th Jul 2019

Are PIN Codes Secure?

We get this question a lot, because there is a fear that PIN codes can be guessed or easily distributed by valid system users. To combat those few bad eggs out there, there are some safeguards to make it difficult if not impossible to hack the code.

  • Start by using a strong PIN code, something greater than 5 digits. Brivo supports PINs up to 8 digits, which would be 100,000,000 combinations
  • Utilize Brivo's Invalid PINs Threshold. You can set a limit for the number of attempts before the system temporarily shuts down and doesn’t allow any input. The number of attempts can be set between 1-10. 
  • Setup a shutdown period after too many attempts have been made. That period can be set from 10 seconds to 5 minutes before another PIN can be entered. If I continued to enter PINs in that period of time, the system will not register any of those inputs.
  • Setup an automated notification when a bad PIN is entered
  • Add Integrated Video. This will allow you to see all door events from a phone or web. Coupled with Notifications, you can easily pull the video to see the culprit entering the bad PIN code.