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Windows 8 picture passwords: Their great untapped potential

Alex Wawro and Marco Chiappetta | Feb. 25, 2013
Love it or hate it, Windows 8 is the bellwether for PCs. Where Microsoft goes, PCs follow. And now Microsoft is making a grab for the mobile market, too. The latest version of Windows is designed with touchscreens in mind, and one bright side of that evolution is the addition of features that make Windows more intuitive and easier to use on all devices.

Once you've finished doodling your new password, you should be ready to rock. Window 8 defaults to the picture password anytime the system is locked or restarted, and ideally all you have to do is draw your gestures on screen to unlock the system.

If you want to switch gears and input your plaintext password instead, just tap the corresponding button in the left pane of the picture password screen. You should also be aware that picture password logins can be disabled from within the Windows 8 group policy editor; many businesses do not allow picture passwords to be used on networked machines for security reasons, so be prepared for that if you plan to bring your Windows 8 device to work.


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