• The Windows 10/11 Hello PIN works, but change is coming

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    ISSUE 20.46 • 2023-11-13


    Brian Livingston

    By Brian Livingston

    A new Microsoft sign-in method — designed to replace today’s relatively insecure usernames and passwords — was introduced to Windows 10 in July 2015.

    The technology is called Windows Hello. It involves your entering a PIN, which can be up to 127 characters long including numbers, letters, and symbols. This PIN is associated with a device of yours: a smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop computer, etc. Once you use your PIN with a Microsoft Account, an Active Directory, or other services that recognize the technique, you never have to enter a username or password on that connection again.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.46.0, 2023-11-13).
    This story also appears in our public Newsletter.