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Passwords




The number of dots in a Windows password may not be equal to the number of characters in your password. Don't worry, this is a deliberate Windows security measure.

WINDOWS XP

To remove the need for a password:
Click Start then Control Panel then double click the User Accounts icon.
Choose Remove My Password

To set up user accounts and passwords:
Click Start then Control Panel then double click the User Accounts icon.

WINDOWS 7, 8.1 and 10

To remove the need for a password:

This example assumes you have previously entered a password to logon but you now wish to logon without a password.

Press the Windows key and R at the same time.
A Run dialog will appear. Type netplwiz.exe and click OK
The User Account Settings dialog box will open. Find the check box next to the words  Users must enter a username and password to use this computer, click the box to remove the tick and click the Apply button.
If you see more than one entry in this screen you won’t be able to select a particular entry unless you tick the box you just un-ticked. Select an item. Then un-tick the box and follow the next step. Repeat this to select each item in turn and un-tick its box.
The next dialog will be the Automatically sign in password panel. Type your original password twice and click OK.
Once you have done this, you will not need to login each time to open your laptop or computer.

 

Passwords and user accounts: Avoid having passwords and separate user accounts if you can. They are an extra chore every time you switch on your computer. These are only necessary if you wish to keep your files and settings secret from other members of the family or staff members. Separate User Accounts and passwords may be necessary if you have badly behaved children or grandchildren who tend to mess up your settings and who insist on down loading dodgy programs.

If you travel with a Laptop, tablet or smart phone, a password is essential. If the laptop was stolen or you left it on the bus, you would be wide open to Identity Fraud. However, a password would not protect your identity from a very determined criminal.

Choosing a password

Use a combination of lowercase and upper case letters together with some numbers and symbols. Never use a word that you can find in a dictionary. Always record the passwords in a note book and store it in a safe place.

A password could be based on a phrase, for instance, the phrase I go to bed at 11pm might make the password Ig02Bed@11pm. That password contains two capital letters, five lower case letters, four numbers and one symbol. 

 


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