Add PIN to your Account in Windows 10

    Add PIN to your Account in Windows 10

    How to Add a PIN to your Account in Windows 10
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    29 Nov 2017
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    information   Information
    Windows Hello in Windows 10 enables users to sign in to their device using a PIN (Personal Identification Number). You can use this PIN to sign in to Windows, apps, and services.

    One important difference between a password and a Hello PIN is that the PIN is tied to the specific device on which it was set up. That PIN is useless to anyone without that specific hardware. Someone who steals your password can sign in to your account from anywhere, but if they steal your PIN, they'd have to steal your physical device too!

    Even you can't use that PIN anywhere except on that specific device. If you want to sign in on multiple devices, you have to set up Hello on each device.

    For more information about PIN, see: Why a PIN is better than a password (Windows 10)

    When you sign in to Windows 10 with PIN, you only need to type your PIN number without pressing Enter.

    This tutorial will show you how to add a PIN to your account in Windows 10.
    Note   Note

    • You must add a password to your account before you can use any other sign-in options like PIN.
    • Before you can use a fingerprint to sign in to Windows, you must set up a PIN.
    • Before you can use a face to sign in to Windows, you must set up a PIN.
    • If your PC is joined to a domain, then you will not be able to sign-in to Windows using a PIN by default unless enabled.
    • The only way to set up your PIN again is to reset it, but you can change your PIN.
    • Microsoft is working closely with their hardware partners to deliver Windows Hello capable devices that will ship with Windows 10 and are excited to announce that all OEM systems incorporating the Intel® RealSense™ 3D Camera (F200) will support the facial unlock features of Windows Hello, including automatic sign-in to Windows, and support to unlock “Passport” without the need for a PIN.
    • When you boot to Safe Mode, you will only be able to sign in with your password, and not with any other sign-in option (ex: Fingerprint or PIN).

    EXAMPLE: Sign-in to Windows 10 with PIN
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    Here's How:

    1. Open the Settings app, and click/tap on the Accounts icon.

    2. Click/tap on Sign-in options on the left side, and click/tap on the Add button under PIN on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    3. If prompted to verify your account password, enter your password or required information, and click/tap on OK or Sign in, Next, and Next. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Enter at least a minimum 4 digit PIN number you want for your account, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
    Tip   Tip
    When you set up Windows Hello in Windows 10, you may get an error during the Create a PIN step.

    See: Windows Hello errors during PIN creation (Windows 10)

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    5. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    13 Oct 2015 #1
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    Hey Shawn,

    Did I hear correctly that using the PIN is more secure against attack than simply just a password? Let me know if you are aware of that..
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  2.    13 Oct 2015 #2
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    Hey Dusty,

    That's the claim I heard made as well, but I'm not sure how a 4 digit PIN is more secure that using only a strong password, or a strong password with biometrics.
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  3.    13 Oct 2015 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hey Dusty,

    That's the claim I heard made as well, but I'm not sure how a 4 digit PIN is more secure that using only a strong password, or a strong password with biometrics.
    As I understand it the PIN only works on that device, in other words if I gave everyone my PIN they would not be able to log into my account unless they had my device to do it with.

    I think only in those terms is it safer.

    zoo
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  4.    13 Oct 2015 #4
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    One reason the PIN could be seen as more secure is that it only works in conjunction with the device. You can't log on using a PIN through remote desktop for example - you need the PIN and access to the device. Windows 10: Security and Identity Protection for the Modern World | Windows For Your Business

    The pin is also blocked after 5 attempts. A userid/password you could crack remotely (eventually) by brute force.

    EDIT - @zooburner just said the same, sorry
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  5.    13 Oct 2015 #5
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