Prior to now, you may not know that you can create longer and more complex PINs with 6 to 12 digits even more and you can also have a mixture of letters and special characters which is different from the standard and regular 4-digit PIN. One of the reasons why we have PIN is because of its simplicity and because you can easily remember it. This simplicity must also be made complex so as to protect against any intruder who may want to have access to your system without your authorization or knowledge. Here are some related guides: Encryption Algorithm: Why does MBAM not automatically re-encrypt MBAM or Bitlocker protected devices, and how to determine why an MBAM-protected device is non-compliant,
A PIN is more secure than a password because it’s saved on your local system and cannot go beyond the computer system, unlike Passwords that are transmitted to and stored on a server which makes it more exposed beyond your device. if anyone gets a hold of your Microsoft Account password will be able to log in to your account anywhere without your knowledge. You can read more on increasing the security to your Windows system by reading these: Manage TPM Protector: How to encrypt additional drives on an MBAM protected device using the manage-bde command, and RDP users are unable to change passwords on the first logon or after expiration: You must change your password before logging on the first time, please update your password.
Let us now set up a PIN for our Windows 10 system. Go to Settings > Sign-in Options. Click Windows Hello PIN
2. Click Add as shown in the image below
3. If you already have a Password account setup before you will be expected to supply the Credentials before you can proceed.
4. Enter the New PIN and Confirm it
5. You will also be asked to Confirm your Microsoft Account identity
6. You are set to start using you PIN
7. You may decide to change the PIN to a more complex one by going to the Sign-in options again and click Change. Enter a longer PIN and you can check the box Include letters and symbols. Check the requirements so that you can have a very complex PIN for your login.
8. These PIN requirements can be configured through the Local Group Policy which will affect all users in the organization.
Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > PIN Complexity.
This will form the policy guiding the type of PINs users can create.
Kindly refer to the YouTube video on how to increase the Windows PIN complexity to accommodate more digits.
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