Login to Windows 8 with a Picture Password
Do you find it hard to remember all those passwords with alphanumeric characters for your login accounts? Well, you can do away with at least one such password which you use to login to your computer.
Windows 8, the new operating system from Microsoft, supports the feature of picture passwords. You don’t need to enter a string of text to login to a Windows 8-based PC. All you need to do is swipe a few gestures if you are using a touch-screen device or perform the same gestures by using a mouse or touchpad. Picture passwords are convenient to use and secure as well. Here we discuss the use of Windows 8 picture passwords to sign in to a user account on a PC.
Login to your PC with gestures
A picture password includes a set of gestures that you perform on a picture. You can use three types of gestures – tap the screen, draw a circle, or draw a line. Picture passwords don’t restrict you to just use the stock photos that come with Windows 8. You can use pictures of your own choice to personalize your experience. To enter the password, you will need to perform a series of three gestures. For example, you could tap the screen on three different places on a picture. Or you could have a combination of a tap and two circles.
Security aspects of Windows 8 picture passwords
You might be wondering how Windows 8 picture passwords are secure. It’s not just the type of gestures that are authenticated by the system but also the direction in which you made the gestures. The system will match how you performed the gestures to login with what you had set as the password. The starting and ending points of the circles and lines are also used to authenticate the password. So, picture passwords offer a secure means to log in to a computer with Windows 8.
How to set a picture password in Windows 8
By following the steps given here, you can set a picture password in Windows 8 Consumer Preview:
- Move the mouse pointer to the top right corner of the screen.
- The ‘Charms’ menu will be displayed.
- Click on the ‘Settings’ charm and then click on ‘More PC Settings’.
- Click ‘Users’ in the left pane.
- Click on the ‘Create a Picture Password’ button.
- Enter your current password and then click ‘OK’.
- Click ‘Choose Picture’ and select the picture.
- Click ‘Open’.
- Click ‘Use this picture’ and then draw three gestures on the image.
- Repeat the gestures to confirm.
- Click ‘Finish’ to complete the process.