How to setup a password for my computer
What is a password and why do I need one?
A password is a secret word or string of characters that allows a user to access a computer system. They are used as a means of authentication, typically when logging into an account on a website, but passwords are also used for protecting private folders and documents from prying eyes. Most people will need to set up a password to fully utilize their smartphone or computer.
Which password should I choose?
As with any type of password, it is necessary that the one you choose cannot be easily guessed by anybody else. Commonly passwords are composed of a string of letters and numbers that are easy for you but difficult for others. For example, using your birth date would not be wise as somebody could work this out by looking at an old birthday card, whereas something like ‘x4^vw%o$y’ is much more secure. You can try coming up with your own or using online password generators which can create unique passwords for you The main thing about making a password is that, it is necessary that the one you choose cannot be easily guessed by anybody else.
Why should I use a long, difficult password?
One of the main ways your information is protected online is through a username and a password. If somebody was able to guess your password, they would be able to access all of your data without being stopped by any protection software you have on your computer, hence it is advisable to have a long and difficult password, yet something easy to remember.
How to create a secure password in Windows
By following the steps below, you will be able to create a long and secure password that will be easy for you to remember but difficult for others to guess.
a) Open up your start menu by clicking the Windows icon in the bottom left of your screen, or pressing “WINDOWS KEY + X” on your keyboard
b) Type “cmd” into the search bar that appears (this is not case sensitive) and press enter on your keyboard.
c) A black window with white text should appear. This is called a command prompt. Type “netplwiz” into this window; if nothing appears after typing this, try re-reading step c as some systems require pressing the spacebar after typing before it will show up. Your password options should be displayed in this window.
d) If you wish to create a new password, type “n” into the command prompt and press enter on your keyboard. Type a nice long but easy to remember password into the text box that appears.
e) Press enter on your keyboard to continue. This will ask you to confirm this is the password you wish to use as it does not let you view what has been typed as you type it – if it were someone else typing their password here they would not be able to see what they are typing, which can help make sure they type out the correct one.
f) Type the password again to confirm it is correct, and press Enter on your keyboard.
You will now be asked for this password whenever you try to access your computer – any successful attempts will be logged in the security logs.
If you ever forget this password, you can go back into this screen at any time by following these instructions:
Go into Control Panel > User Accounts > Change Password. You will then be able to reset or change your password here if needed.
Reboot your PC once you are finished. The next time it starts up, it should automatically log you in with the new password information that has been applied! This means fewer steps for users who want their passwords automatically set without having to type them in every time they turn on their computers.
As an extra step, you can also use Windows Key + R to open the Run command and type “netplwiz” to bring up your User Accounts options. From here, you can uncheck “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.” This will allow your computer to automatically log in using the same account information that was set before! You could also choose to leave this box checked if you like having passwords – but remember that anyone who has access to your computer will be able to log in with the correct username/password information!
4. Tips for choosing your passwords
- When using passwords as your method of security, it is always best to use strong combinations of letters, numbers, and symbols. In addition, you should try to avoid using words that can be found in the dictionary – those are easy targets for those who would wish to hack into your system! You also want to make sure each password is unique from one another so that if someone were able to learn one password they wouldn’t be able to access other parts of your computer as well.
- To create a password that is both easy to remember and difficult to hack, just remember the acronym “P@$$w0rd”. This means using 3 words strung together instead of one long word, and taking note of where you place capital letters!
- Keep your privacy intact by not sharing your passwords with others!
- Never write down your passwords on paper! Even writing down symbols instead of actual letters is a bad idea, as anyone can use your writing to reset your password.
- Delete any old or unnecessary files from your computer in case anyone can access them!
All being well, you are now the only one who has access to your system!
The above steps are just some of the many helpful tips that can be found when it comes to setting up a password on your computer for added security. Remembering these tips will help you keep yourself safe online and secure against outside threats.
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