Why You Should Use Picture Passwords on Windows

MakeUseOf | 9/14/2017 | Ben Stegner
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A plain old password is only one of the many methods for protecting a Windows 10 account.

How to Password Protect Windows 10

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Your computer is a goldmine of personal and private information. Luckily, Windows 10 has a raft of locking methods to help protect your data. Let's take a look at how you can password protect Windows...

If you use a Microsoft account to sign in, non-password authentication can be more convenient than remembering and typing a long, strong password. And with face and fingerprint unlocks, the key to your PC lies in something permanent on your body, not something you have to memorize.

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But there’s another method that doesn’t get enough love: the Picture Password.

With it, you select a photo from your library and add a series of three inputs to it. These can be lines, taps, or circles, and this exact combination unlocks your account. And since it’s local to your PC, someone figuring out your picture password wouldn’t expose your Microsoft password.

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To add a picture password, open the Settings app and select Accounts. Click the Sign-in options tab on the left and scroll down to Picture password. Select Add to get started. Note that you should perform the setup on the same screen you normally use to sign in.

Confirm your account password first, then click the Choose picture button...
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