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Think about the technical implementation, not about the user or what's painted on the buttons: it's a keypad with 5 buttons. In order to unlock the device, it needs a sequence of those 5 buttons (however many presses of those 5 button it allows). More buttons would make it harder to brute-force the combination. Imagine having only 2 buttons, or imagine ...


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No, assuming equally long passcodes, having fewer buttons cannot increase security in any way. Depending on how the passcodes are chosen, and whether or not the buttons are regularly cleaned to remove smudges*, it (might or) might not decrease security significantly, but reducing the number of buttons certainly cannot make the lock more secure. So you're ...


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Not by itself. The total number of combination is X ^ Y where X is the number of buttons, and Y is the length of the combination. For example, a 6 digits combination of 5 buttons is 15625 combinations. And a 4 digits combination of 10 buttons is 10000 combinations. If you don't know the length of the combination, the number of buttons is irrelevant to ...



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