How To Setup a PIN Lock To Windows 10 Account
With release of new Windows versions, intresting and innovative features are improving the total user experience in different ways. Windows 10 is quickly growing in popularity due to its innovative security features, and among these security options are new sign in options like the PIN code.
You can enter a numeric PIN, or trace a pattern of gestures on a picture, or with use of suitable hardware you can even use Windows Hello — a biometric sign-in method that scans your fingerprint, your face, or your iris. This article will guide you how to add a PIN to your account in Windows 10.
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Why Using a PIN is a Better Option
If a password is compromised in some way, the person who has entered the system may have access to all platforms that are linked to that password. On the other hand, if a PIN is compromised, they can use it only on that device; they can’t use it to sign into your account on any other device.
In addition, the individual must be physically available to enter the PIN, and this is not the same with a password. If anyone steals your computer they can’t sign in unless they know your PIN. Also, it should be kept under consideration that the PIN login feature is necessary if you want to take advantage of additional security features such as Windows Hello, the iris reader, or a fingerprint scanner available in Windows 10.
And, of course, a PIN is much easier to enter on a touchscreen device like the Surface tablet.
Add a PIN Lock to Your Account
Open the Settings app and click/tap on the Accounts icon. Click/tap on Sign-in options on the left side and click/tap on the Add button under PIN on the right side.
If prompted to verify your account password, enter your local account password and click/tap on OK.
If you have a Microsoft account, then enter your Microsoft account password and click/tap on Sign in. After entering your password to confirm your identity, enter the numbers in a dialog box. The minimum length is four digits (0–9 only; no letters or special characters allowed), but your PIN can be as long as you want. If you need to check what you’ve set at this point then select the icon to the right side of the dialog box. This will briefly reveal the number you’ve entered.
The only measure for choosing a PIN is that it must be at least four digits long. No limitations on maximum length or complexity are imposed. Here are some considerations before you choose a PIN:
- Using more digits makes it difficult to guess PIN harder to guess but make sure you can enter the PIN quickly and accurately, otherwise there’s little benefit over just using a password.
- Using a simple PIN (0000, 0123, 1111, and so on) will make it very easy to guess; its always better to choose random numbers.
- You should always avoid Reusing PINs from your bank accounts or credit card number. Also, using the same PIN on different devices should be avoided.
Change the PIN Lock for Your Account
Open the Settings app, and click on the Accounts icon. Click/tap on Sign-in options on the left side, and click/tap on the Change button under PIN on the right side.
Enter your current PIN at the top, enter a new PIN and click/tap OK.
If you are unable to sign into Windows 10 with your PIN, you’ll be offered a link that says Sign-in options. When you choose that, you will be offered all of the sign-in options you’ve created so far: picture password, PIN, Windows Hello, and regular password.
Reset the PIN Lock for Your Account
Open the Settings app, and tap on the Accounts icon. Click on Sign-in options on the left side and click/tap on the “I forgot my PIN” link under PIN on the right side.
Verify your account password, and set up a new PIN. Remember, booting in Safe mode is only possible with the password and not with the PIN. Concluding, it’s quite an easy task to setup a PIN and if you’ve not yet enabled it on your device, do it now.