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Secure your account with passwords and PINs

From: Windows 8.1 Essential Training

Video: Secure your account with passwords and PINs

One of the best ways to secure your account here in Windows 8.1 and thus secure your PC is to require a password to log in. You can set that up for every account including your own. There are some different password options as well as something called a PIN to make it more convenient. We're going to look at all of this right now from the start screen. Let's go to our PC settings, Windows i on the keyboard. Next we'll click Change PC Settings, and from here we're going to go to accounts. Now we've been here before but we are going to look at the signin options now.

Secure your account with passwords and PINs

One of the best ways to secure your account here in Windows 8.1 and thus secure your PC is to require a password to log in. You can set that up for every account including your own. There are some different password options as well as something called a PIN to make it more convenient. We're going to look at all of this right now from the start screen. Let's go to our PC settings, Windows i on the keyboard. Next we'll click Change PC Settings, and from here we're going to go to accounts. Now we've been here before but we are going to look at the signin options now.

When we click Sign In options you can see we have the Change Password option. Notice that a strong password helps keep your account more secure, and what's meant by a strong password is one that maybe uses alphanumerics, that's letters and numbers, upper and lower case, even special characters. So if you wanted to, you could change your password from here. It's the standard procedure. You click Change, you'll be prompted for your current password, and when you press Enter, you'll see another field to re-enter that old password, and then come up with the new one, which you'll have to enter twice.

That's only because you're not seeing what you're typing. Notice there are some restrictions here. They have to be at least eight characters, contain at least two of the following: uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols, and that's what makes up a strong password. Let's click Cancel. Here's that other option, which is to create a picture password. And this is ideal for touchscreens, where you can touch areas on a screen, draw circles and lines. So, although it's best for touchscreens, like smartphones and tablets, we can do it here on the PC as well.

Let's add a picture password. Again, you'll be prompted for your current password just so that the system knows it's you who's changing your password. Enter that, pressing Return or Enter on your keyboard, and the first step is to choose your picture. Let's click Choose picture. And we're going to go to our exercise files. So on this PC, I want to make sure that's selected, I'm going to my desktop, that's where I put my exercise files, and I'm going to click Exercise Files.

So I can use any one of these pictures. I'm going to use Veggies. When I click Open, that's the picture I'm going to be using if I click Use This Picture. If I don't like it, I can choose a new picture. But I do. So I'm going to click Use This Picture. And now you can see I need to draw three gestures on this picture. And I can use any combination of circles, straight lines, and taps. So, for example, if I wanted to, I could start with a circle, maybe draw a circle around this head of cabbage, and you can see a circle flash there when you're done.

Now we're on to step two. I could do another circle, I could do a tap, or draw a line. Maybe I'll draw a line from this head of lettuce to the radishes up in the top right corner. Click, drag, and release, and you can see a flash of that. Now I'm on to step three. I'm just going to tap this broccoli note down here, right in the first O, right in the center, and click. There we go. Now just to confirm that we've done exactly what we thought we were doing, we need to repeat this.

So again, we draw a circle. We draw a line, and we tap inside the o. If that was close enough you'll see Congratulations, and we've successfully created our picture password. All we have to do now is click Finish, and that's what we'll use to log in to our account. Notice also under picture password now, we have a new button to remove it if we no longer want to use a picture password. So again, this is most useful on a touch device, touch screen, if you have one connected to your computer.

I'm going to click Remove, because I don't have a touch screen. Another option is to use a PIN. Typically with smart phones, for example, to unlock them, you'll enter four-digit numbers. Well you can do that here in Windows 8.1 on any device. Just click Add to add a PIN. Again, you'll be prompted for your current password. And when you press Enter, or click OK, you'll be prompted to enter a PIN. This is a four-digit code. You don't see what you're typing unless you click the eye icon off to the right.

That's why you need to confirm down below, so we'll click there, type in the exact same code, and click Finish. You've now added a PIN, so you can use that. It's a faster, more convenient way to unlock your screen. I'm going to remove that and continue to work with my regular password. One other option down below is the Password Policy which is a password being required when waking this PC from sleep mode. So if you do have your screen set to shut down or sleep after a certain amount of time, you need a password by default to unlock it.

And if we wanted to change that, we could, by clicking Change. You'll notice that you're about to make a change, and this affects all accounts on this PC. So if there are multiple accounts, anyone with a password won't need it to unlock the PC or wake it up, meaning, if you left it looking at something that's confidential in your own account, that's what they're going to see. So you click Change, and you'll notice now a password is not required when waking this PC. So rethink that. If you're the only user, no problem. However, if there are other people using this on their own accounts, you'll want to click Change to change it back.

So now it says password required when waking this PC from sleep. Perfect. Alright, let's press the Windows key to go back to our start screen. And that's a quick look at the various ways you can password protect your accounts and your computer here in Windows 8.1.

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Windows 8.1 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 23s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 32m 40s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 8.1 versions
      2m 43s
    2. Getting familiar with the user interface
      8m 11s
    3. Exploring the Windows 8.1 desktop
      6m 13s
    4. Using touch screens and gestures
      2m 8s
    5. Switching between apps with Switcher
      3m 50s
    6. Personalizing Windows 8.1
      7m 33s
    7. Creating tile groups
      2m 2s
  3. 43m 58s
    1. Using the ribbon in File Explorer
      10m 21s
    2. Organizing folders and files
      6m 22s
    3. Customizing folder behavior
      5m 28s
    4. Searching for files and file contents
      7m 22s
    5. Creating easy access to files and folders
      4m 56s
    6. Using SkyDrive
      4m 29s
    7. Copying files in a single window
      5m 0s
  4. 1h 11m
    1. Managing mail with the Mail app
      7m 46s
    2. Keeping dates with the Calendar app
      6m 59s
    3. Managing contacts in the People app
      9m 55s
    4. Communicating with contacts using Skype
      10m 13s
    5. Working with photos
      10m 58s
    6. Reading text with the Reader app
      4m 14s
    7. Managing music with the Music app
      8m 29s
    8. Locating places with Maps
      8m 29s
    9. Timing things with Alarms
      4m 19s
  5. 28m 18s
    1. Typing text with Sticky Notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      10m 30s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      10m 18s
    3. Performing calculations with the Calculator
      2m 55s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      4m 35s
  6. 31m 17s
    1. Viewing your current system specs
      4m 4s
    2. Controlling sound device volume settings
      7m 36s
    3. Removing unwanted applications
      2m 55s
    4. Setting default programs
      5m 26s
    5. Setting accessibility options
      8m 45s
    6. Navigation settings for desktop lovers
      2m 31s
  7. 20m 34s
    1. Getting connected
      4m 1s
    2. Connecting PCs with HomeGroup
      6m 29s
    3. Connecting to another computer with Remote Desktop
      2m 44s
    4. Selecting sharing options for networks
      3m 54s
    5. Adding and removing devices
      3m 26s
  8. 40m 48s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      4m 26s
    2. Viewing and resolving security issues with Action Center
      3m 28s
    3. Battling malicious software with Windows Defender
      4m 52s
    4. Controlling user account access
      3m 53s
    5. Secure your account with passwords and PINs
      5m 51s
    6. Using Parental Controls
      10m 8s
    7. Encrypting a drive with BitLocker
      4m 22s
    8. Using Encrypting File System (EFS)
      3m 48s
  9. 12m 2s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      3m 27s
    2. Printing files to the XPS format
      4m 53s
    3. Accessing and changing printer options
      3m 42s
  10. 20m 43s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      4m 10s
    2. Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      4m 40s
    3. Backing up with File History
      5m 57s
    4. Reversing a fatal crash with System Restore
      3m 21s
    5. Reseting your Windows 8.1 installation
      2m 35s
  11. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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