Difficulty level: Easy, Time taken to complete: 2 mins. Approx., No. of steps: 3

Objective:

  • Understand good password practices
  • Change your windows user account password

Most modern laptops are equipped with finger print recognition. However you would still need to setup a strong password to act as a backup in case your finger print sensor doesn’t work or in cases such as safe boot mode where you are required to enter your password.

How to setup a strong password:

Password guidelines:

  1. Should be at’least 8 characters long
  2. Shouldn’t contain your name or name of a person known to you
  3. Add numbers and special characters to make it difficult for someone to guess your password
  4. Do not write down your passwords, if required save the written password in a safe place or use tools such as password managers.

Users are further advised to change their passwords every few months to prevent security breaches through password leakage which can happen either through non-technical mishaps like typing passwords under the public eye, or through brute force attempts by potential hackers.

Examples of good passwords:

For a phrase such as: mystrongpassword – my$tr0ngp@$$w0rd

(Please don’t use the exact formation as anyone using this site may use this pattern to guess your password)

Examples of bad passwords:

1234, password, Alex123, Alexisgreat, 1963

If your current password doesn’t meet the password guidelines, proceed to the below steps to change your password:

  1. Press ctrl+alt+delete (all 3 keys at once) keys on your keyboard
  2. Click on Change password option

3. Enter old password, new password and re-enter the new password to change your password

Tip: For windows 10 users, it is suggested to create your password using windows live account, as it allows you to recover your password in case you forgot or to track your lost laptop etc. For further details, refer to our article on Windows 10 live account.

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