Picture Passwords – Saving your Memory

Picture Password

Here at Server Sentry, we’re well aware that not everyone is a ‘natural’ when it comes to IT and computer technology in general.

Of course, the reason that we exist at all as a technical support business is that not everyone shares our knowledge and expertise in these areas.

There is a big difference though between using our expertise and services to free you up so you can concentrate on your core business activities and failing to understand how to get the most out of the tools that you use on your PC or tablet on a daily basis.

So, if you are a Windows 8 user, here is one tip that we think may make your life a bit simpler – particularly if you have trouble remembering the passwords you use to lock or unlock your tablet.

As you probably know, the basic principle behind Windows 8 is that you can use simple hand gestures on the screen of your device to communicate with it rather than a keyboard.

What you may not know though is that Windows 8 includes functionality to use the touchscreen to control access to your device itself. That can allow you to lock or unlock it using a password incorporating a picture and three gestures which can be either circles, lines or taps – or a mixture of all three.

Setting your picture password up couldn’t be simpler. Tap the ‘Users’ tab, then ‘Change PC Settings’, then ‘Create a Picture Password’ and follow the rest of the instructions.

Every time you lock or unlock your device from then on you just have to use your touchscreen to draw your chosen symbols onto your selected picture.

As some research shows though, it may be some time until picture password security will be as strong and difficult to crack as a standard password set up using letters and numbers and input using your device’s keyboard. So it may be best to use this fun piece of technology with care.