With each new version of Windows, the complete user experience is enhancing in various manners. Windows 10 is rapidly growing in popularity due in part to its advanced security characteristics, and among these security choices are new sign in alternatives such as the PIN code.
It’s possible for you to input a PIN that is numeric, or trace a design of gestures on a graphic, or with hardware that is suitable you may also use Windows Hello — a biometric signal-in system that scans your face, your fingerprint, or your iris. In this post, we’ll demonstrate the best way to add a PIN to your account in Windows 10.
Why Using a PIN is a Better Option
The individual who has entered the system might have access to any or all systems which are linked to that password if a password is compromised somehow.
Additionally, the person must be present to be able to put in the PIN, and this isn’t the same with a password. If your computer is stolen by a person they can not sign in unless they know your PIN. Additionally, remember the PIN login attribute is required should you would like to benefit from further security features accessible Windows 10 such as a fingerprint scanner, the iris reader, or Windows Hello.
And, obviously, a PIN is not much more difficult to input on a touchscreen device such as the Surface graphics tablet.
Add a PIN 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
he only criteria for choosing a PIN is that it must be at least four digits long. There are no limitations on maximum length or complexity. Here are some considerations before you choose a PIN:
- Using more digits will make the 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; choose random numbers.
- Reusing PINs from your bank accounts or credit card number should be avoided. Also, avoid using the same PIN on different devices.
Change the PIN for 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 “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’re offered all of the sign-in options you’ve created so far: picture password, PIN, Windows Hello, and regular password.
Reset the PIN for 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 “I forgot my PIN” link under “PIN” on the right side.
Verify your account password, and proceed setting up a new PIN. Remember, if you boot to Safe mode, you’ll be able to sign in with your password, and not with any other sign-in options. Concluding this article, it’s quite easy to setup a PIN and if you’ve not yet enabled it on your device, do it now.