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Digital Workshop: Stay Safe with Windows 8

Special thanks to Veendam’s techspert Aiden who posted this on Hal’s Digital Workshop blog.

Hello, this is Techspert Aiden writing to you from sunny Halifax, Nova Scotia. The first step in protecting any computer is to put a password on your device. With Windows 8 there are three different options to keep you safe. Below is a break down of your options. Pick the one that meets your needs or enable all three!


All of these features can be found under the Settings Charm, click on PC Settings, then Users. You can also find these options from the start screen by typing “password” then clicking settings.

The password you know and love (to forget).


This is your Microsoft Account password. For those of you that have sailed with us in the past this is what we called your Windows Live ID. Your Microsoft account allows you to bring together all the great features and programs that Windows 8 has to offer like, Xbox Live, Hotmail, Photo Gallery and Movie Maker.

Picture password (fun and easy for touch enabled devices)


You can unlock your new windows 8 Machine with three simple gestures, circles, straight lines, and taps or clicks if you are using a mouse.

The picture password, makes security fun and easy!

Pin password (easy to enter, hard to forget)


How often have you forgotten your PIN number on your debit card? Never? 4-Digit pins are easy to remember and easy to enter.

Using a pin can be a quick and easy way to keep your information safe.

Chose a 4-Digit pin to unlock your computer. This is great for touch devices and if you are using your mouse and keyboard.

To read the full post on their blog, click HERE.

Holland America Line is a proud partner of Microsoft on the Digital Workshop powered by Windows program.

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