We’ve shown how to create a four-digit PIN for logging into your Windows 10 system easier. Here’s a look at how to make your PC more secure when logging in.
Create a Complex Windows 10 PIN
To create a more secure and sophisticated Windows 10 PIN hit the Windows key + R on the keyboard and type: gpedit.msc.
After Group Policy Editor is open head to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Hello for Business > PIN Complexity.
Now you can double-click the policy and configure and manage various login systems like History, Max and Minimum Pins…etc. Just double click each policy on the right-side. Here is a look at some of the stronger ways to create a complex PIN:
Lowercase letters: If you enable or do not configure this policy, the operating system will require you to include at least one lowercase letter when creating a PIN.
Max Pin Length: This lets you set a maximum number of characters you can use to create a PIN. The maximum limit allowed is 127 characters.
Expiration: This policy lets you set the number of days before requiring users to change their PIN. You can configure this setting to expire to anything between 1 and 730 days. Of course, setting it to zero means the PIN will never expire.
Special Characters: This is one of the strongest ways to create a complex, strong password for your Windows 10 system and you will need to enable it to use it. When you select this option, you get a full list of Special Characters that are allowed under the health section such as these: “! # $ % & _ ~/.”
To turn on the complex password or other extra options, you will need to select Enabled. Also, make sure to enable each one you want to add.
That’s all there is t it. Remember, you need to be running Windows 10 Pro (not Windows 10 Home) to set this up via Group Policy.
If you’re a home user, you probably don’t want to make the process too complicated, but in a business environment, this will come in very handy to provide an extra layer of protection.