A great new feature of Microsoft Windows 10 is the ability to login to your computer using a PIN, or Personal Identification Number. In August 2014, Australia saw a change from using signatures to authorise credit card transactions to using a PIN. This has provided greater security for credit card transactions and the fraud associated with those. It now seems that this is being taken on by Microsoft and personally I think it’s a great idea. It provides increased security for your computer and the sensitive data it may contain, plus it’s quicker to log in to the various services offered using Microsoft Windows 10.
If you upgrade from a previous version of Microsoft Windows to version 10, you will continue to use your standard login details to access your computer, however if you run a clean install or buy a new computer with Microsoft Windows 10 pre-loaded, you will be prompted to set a PIN for your login from the start.
If like me, you have upgraded your computer and are still using a password to log in, you can set a login PIN easily and below I will show you how.
To set a login PIN, follow these steps:
- Click the Start button and choose Settings
- The Windows Settings window will be displayed
- Select Accounts
- From the Accounts window select Sign-in options
- Under the heading PIN, click the Add button
- You will now be prompted to re-enter the password for your Microsoft Account
- Type your password and click Sign in
- The Set up a PIN window will be displayed
- Type your PIN into the New PIN box and then repeat in the Confirm PIN box
- Click OK
- Under the PIN heading, you will now see Change or Remove buttons
- Restart your computer to login using your new PIN
If you ever want to change your PIN, simply navigate to the Accounts window again, click the Change button and follow the prompts.