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How to Create a Picture Password to Protect Windows 8?

Elva Chrys

Apr 07,2012 07:02 / Posted by to Windows Tips
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With the accelerating concern about data security, today the security of personal computers and mobile is always a priority for most consumers. To keep the data stored on these devices more secure, the passwords are not limited to the traditional text passwords composed of letters, numbers, and symbols any longer. Your fingerprint, voice or other biometric characteristics can also be used as a password. Furthermore, Microsoft is taking password protection to the visual level with picture gestures in its next operating system – Windows 8.

If you are curious about the picture password in Windows 8, you can download the Windows 8 Developer Preview, a pre-beta version of Windows 8 for developers, from the Microsoft official website. And then follow the steps below to create a Windows 8 picture password.

Step 1: Select Control Panel from the Metro interface
windows 8 picture password

Step 2: On the Control Panel, select Users – Create a picture password.
windows 8 picture password

Step 3: You'll be required to verify your existing password. Enter this password and click Ok button.
windows 8 picture password

Step 4: Click Choose picture button to proceed. Please watch out the description about picture password in on this coming window.
windows 8 picture password

Step 5: Choose a picture for the picture password, and lick Open. On the following window, click Use this picture button if you are satisfied with the selected picture. If not, click the "Choose a different picture" button to select another image.

windows 8 picture password

Step 6: In the next window you have to set 3 gestures. Make sure all the three are in different place and are easy to remember.

Note:
1. You can pick at least three gestures and can choose between a circle, a tap and a line drawn between two points.
2. After setting gestures, you will be asked to confirm the gestures by entering them again
After setting gestures, you will be asked to enter the gesture again enter same gesture.
windows 8 picture password

Step 7: Click Choose picture button to proceed. Please watch out the description about picture password in on this coming window.

windows 8 picture password

After that, when a user logs into a Windows 8 machine using Picture Password, they simply have to replicate the correct placement, order and direction of all gestures.

Compared with a traditional text password, a picture password is more secure. For example, if a user creates a six-character text password with at least one uppercase letter and one number, there would be 7 billion combinations available. However, if a user creates a picture password with six gestures using only taps, that number increases to 1.3 trillion combinations. Even further, reducing the amount of gestures to five and including at least one circle and one line gesture within the group increases the number of combinations to approximately 70 trillion.

It seems it is easier to remember a picture password than a traditional text password, but many users will be still troubled by the problem that what to do if they would like to reset Wndows 8 password. Therefore, please take some preventive measures to in case of this eventuality. Maybe you can create a Windows 8 password reset disk in advance, just like what you do in Windows 7/Vista/XP.

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