Thursday, July 27, 2017

Windows Password vs Pin

So, I want to talk about your login screen on your computer. This is the screen that you see when you turn on your computer or wake it from sleep. You'll see a round image and your user name with a spot to type in your password or pin.

The thing I want to make you aware of is the difference between a password and a pin. When you first setup Windows 10 after an upgrade, fresh install or if you bought a new computer, you were given the opportunity to sign into an existing account or create a new account. During this process, you used a password to access this account. Unless you used a local account, you now have an online Microsoft Outlook account that requires the password you created to access it.

Now, here's where the tricky part comes in. While you're in the process of setting up that computer, and after you have signed into that online account, you are given the opportunity to create a PIN for accessing your computer. A lot of people do this because it seems like a secure and easy way to access your computer. And it works fairly well. But, what you need to understand is that the password you created is still necessary to connect to the account you originally created.

We work with many customers that never remember that password because they think, based of what Microsoft tells them, that that PIN is the only thing they need to access their account. Well, if you reset that computer or have the Operating System installed from scratch, you will need that password to access your account before you can setup the PIN again.

So, the purpose of this post is to remind you to keep track of ALL of your Passwords and the coordinating PIN's that might go along with them. As with most things that you log in to now days, you'll likely need both of them to get things back to normal when you have a catastrophe on your computer.

Thanks for visiting,

A Better Tech