PIN in Windows 10: how safe?

Windows 10 enables users to sign in to their device using a PIN (so called Passport PIN). Normally is PIN a simple four-digit code and I wonder how can it be safe?


Normally is PIN a simple four-digit code ...

A good question, I thought the same but it is wrong!

Please take a look at this article:

PIN can be complex

The Passport PIN is subject to the same set of IT management policies as a password, such as complexity, length, expiration, and history. Although we generally think of a PIN as a simple four-digit code, administrators can set policies for managed devices to require a PIN complexity similar to a password. You can require or block: special characters, uppercase characters, lowercase characters, and digits.


Something like t758A! could be an account password or a complex Passport PIN.

Another important points:

PIN is tied to the device

One important difference between a password and a Passport PIN is that the PIN is tied to the specific device on which it was set up.

PIN is local to the device

PIN is backed by hardware

Category: windows 10 Time: 2016-07-31 Views: 1
Tags: windows 10 pin

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