Sign in with a picture password:
You can use a picture password in Windows 8 and Windows RT, so that even signing in to your PC is more personal. Because you choose the picture and the shapes you draw on it, the combinations are infinite—a picture password is actually more secure from hackers than a traditional password. You can draw a picture password directly on a touchscreen with your finger, or you can use a mouse to draw your shapes, you can also set pin logon password for windows 8 .
Here’s how to set it up:
- The first thing you’ll need to do is go to your user settings to start setting up your picture password. Open up the charms bar by either swiping in from the right, or moving your cursor to the top right and down.
- To enable picture passwords, type picture password at the Windows 8 Start Screen and then click on the Settings category as shown below.
- When the search results appear, click on the Create or change picture password option to open the User Settings screen.
- The “Welcome to picture password” screen explains how to set up a picture password through different gestures.
- From the left pane, click on the Choose picture button. Windows displays your Pictures folder with any images. Click on the image you wish to use as your password and then click on the Open button in the lower left corner.
- Depending on the size of the image, you may be able to drag it horizontally or vertically to position it. If you’re happy with the image, click on the Use this picture button.
- In the “Set up your gestures” screen, create your first gesture, then your second, and then your third. In the “Confirm your gestures” screen, recreate the three gestures in the same order. If you’re successful, Windows congratulates you. If not, you’ll have to try again. When done, click on the Finish button.
- Return to the Start screen by pressing the Windows key. Click on your account name and picture in the upper right corner and then select Sign out from the menu.
- To log back in, press any key to get past the lock screen. You’ll then see your picture. Draw the three gestures that you created to sign in. If you’ve matched them closely enough, Windows then brings up your Start screen. If not, you can try again or switch back to using a text password.
Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Don’t make a picture password harder than it needs to be. Keep the photo simple and choose shapes that are easy to remember and to draw. For example, it’s easier to draw on a close-up photo of your favorite pet than to tap the right individual tulip in a garden scene each time.
- A picture password is limited to three gestures, and these must be some combination of circles, straight lines, and taps. Again, it’s a good idea to keep it simple. It’s easier to tap one person’s nose than to trace a city skyline.