In Windows 10, there are two types of User account when logging in to PC, a traditional Local account, and Microsoft account with Microsoft’s Online service.
Windows 10 recommends Microsoft accounts, and it is also recommended that you use a PIN, short for Personal Identification Number, to increase security.
Local and Microsoft accounts
First, the traditional Local account is a way to register user ID and password on your PC and use it when logging in to Windows.
If it is not stolen or peeped by someone else, it may be safe. However, for local accounts, you can not use online services such as games, mail, and data storage provided by Microsoft.
Of course, if you have a separate “Microsoft Account“, you can use Microsoft Accounts to access Microsoft Online Services even if you log in as a local account on your PC.
On the other hand, the “Microsoft account” can be used to log in to your account from any PC because the user ID and password are stored on the Microsoft server.
However, if a malicious third party steals your user ID and password information and logs in unauthorizedly, it is likely that Microsoft Online Services, for example, important data information such as OneDrive or mail, will be stolen.
However, I think there is an individual differences(disagreement) about whether the local account is safe. If you live alone and use your PC offline, you may be safe without being afraid.
Actually, if you surf the web or you survive a dangerous eyes such as viruses and spyware, or infect your computer with a virus, there is a danger that personal information will be leaked, so installation of antivirus software is now essential.
Is the PIN code safe?
“PIN code” is an abbreviation of “Personal Identification Number“. It is a security tool used in smartphones and so on.
In recent years, PIN code entry has been introduced as a security measure to prevent unauthorized use of your account.
If so, is Windows10’s PIN setting 100% safe? I think that it is not necessarily safe to say from a personal opinion. I am afraid I can not say that it is a safe security measure at all.
Safer than Local or Microsoft accounts
At least, it’s safer than local accounts or Microsoft accounts above. A PIN code is a password that is valid only for certain computer devices, such as a person’s social security number.
A PIN code is a password that is valid only for certain computer devices, such as a person’s social security number.
Even if the email address and PIN code you use for your Microsoft account is stolen by someone, it can not be logged on with a PIN code from another PC. It is safer than using a Microsoft account password with a simple password.
Setting a PIN code
▼ When the “Microsoft account” registration is completed, the following PIN Setting screen appears. If you want go one step further in “Microsoft Accounts”, click 1to get the PIN code.
Because your PIN only works with this device, Unlike passwords, which you might use to access all sorts of accounts, your PIN is unique to this device. The PIN is useless to distant hackers.
To set the PIN code at a later time, click 2“Skip this step” to finish creating your Microsoft account.
▼ After clickingbutton above,The properity of Set Up a PIN is displayed, so you must create a minimum of 4 or more digits for the pin code. It is recommended that you do not combine simple numbers which can be broken easily.
After entering the 1new PIN and Confirm PIN, click 2button.
▼ As shown below, you can see that a 2PIN was created successfully in the 1“Sign-in option” tab.
Formally creating PIN
▼ As below, press Shortcutskey, or click > Windows Settings. Click 1 Accounts below.
▼ Currently you are logged in as a Microsoft account. Click 1Sign-in Options tab, and then click 2button of PIN on the right side.
▼ If it is necessary to check the password of your Microsoft account again as shown below , “Please reenter your password” will appear. Enter the 1password for Microsoft account, and then click 2button.
▼ The PIN Setting appears. Windows 10 recommends entering a PIN code of four digits long at least. After entering the 1new PIN and Confirm PIN, click 2button. The PIN setup is finished.
▼ As shown below, you can see that a 2PIN was created successfully in the 1“Sign-in option” tab. You canPIN code or it if you do not need it.
▼ If you enter the PC login screen again, you can see that the login setting has been changed so that you can enter the 1PIN code instead of the password.