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    PIN number or password?

    hi there,
    what's the most common term in north America for that secret number we use to make purchases with out credit and debit cards, please?
    is it the PIN number? Is it the password? either?
    thanks!

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    Re: PIN number or password?

    PIN.
    PIN number. (RAS syndrome, or better PNS syndrome)
    Password is acceptable, but PIN is more common.

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    Re: PIN number or password?

    PIN >> Personal Identity Number

    A password is a string of characters which can be letters, number or a combination.

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    #4

    Re: PIN number or password?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    PIN >> Personal Identity Number

    A password is a string of characters which can be letters, number or a combination.

    Hi,
    are both secret codes, only known by the owner of the credit card, for example? do they have the same purpose, i.g., allow only the genuine owner of a card to carry out a purchase (for instance)?
    thanks.

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    Re: PIN number or password?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    PIN >> Personal Identity(identification) Number

    A password is a string of characters which can be letters, number or a combination.

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    Re: PIN number or password?

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Hi,
    are both secret codes, only known by the owner of the credit card, for example? do they have the same purpose, i.g., allow only the genuine owner of a card to carry out a purchase (for instance)?
    thanks.
    So far as I am aware, passwords are used to control access to anything that requires your registration on the internet, and PINs are used to validate your use of credit/debit cards.
    Last edited by Anglika; 10-Aug-2008 at 19:58.

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    Re: PIN number or password?

    Additionally, PINs are used for mobile phones (SIM cards).

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