A techno-wiz from Mansfield Woodhouse could soon solve the problem of PIN code fraud, after devising a new fool-proof security system.
Glynn Reynolds has invented a method of foiling fraudsters in memorising people’s bank numbers at cash points by combining colours, shapes and numbers, rather than just the standard four-digit code.
And to make it more difficult for watching thieves, the touchscreen keypad randomly rearranges the buttons each time - with an underlying theory that thieves find it easy memorise the pattern in which a user presses the keys, rather than the number itself.
Named the Tri-Pin, the 35-year-old graphic designer is so confident of his creation that he has patented the idea.
He has already held talks with the Royal Bank of Scotland, while digital security company, OneSafe - which deals in password security for iPads and iPhones - has agreed to implement Tri-Pin.
Glynn explained his idea, saying “I was thinking about the big scams at ATMs in that devices can be fitted and the way people can see what you’ve pressed. I’ve seen a few programmes about this scam and I know somebody who fell for it in Mansfield, and I thought there had to be a way other than covering up your number with your other hand like banks advise you.
“It started off quite complicated but you have to make it as simple as possible, and for people to recognise something that they use already (PIN codes).
“When the light bulb moment came I thought ‘why has nobody thought of this before? Nobody has anything like this.”
Glynn says he has been working on his creation for around six months, and admits a keen interest in technology it was drives him.
“I’ve always had that kind of mind, trying to think of new things - I think that’s why I became a graphic designer.
“With security and touch screen computers and mobile phones I think this is the right time for this.”
To learn more about the new security system, log on to tri-pin.com