Windows Mobile 10 prevents those forgetting their passcode from getting locked out for days

Windows Mobile 10 prevents those forgetting their passcode from getting locked out for days
Enter an incorrect passcode on your Windows Phone over and over again, and you could have a big problem on your hands. As a security precaution, you are locked out of your handset starting at a few seconds and eventually working up to a few days. The problem is that someone could lock you out of your handset for days as a joke.

It's a rather nasty trick to play on someone. By a show of hands, how many of you have pulled off this stunt before? By a show of hands, how many of you actually raised your hand? Before we go completely off track here, there is some good news from Microsoft as Windows 10 Mobile is changing things up when it comes to incorrect passcode submissions.

With Windows 10 Mobile installed on your phone, you will get four attempts at entering the correct passcode. After those four tries, you will be asked to type in a challenge phrase (A1B2C3)  before getting one last shot at entering the correct passcode. If you enter the challenge code correctly but flub up the passcode again, Windows 10 Mobile won't give you another chance. At that point, you will be locked out and forced to reset your passcode, which you can now do from your Microsoft account. The whole process is easier and will save you from having to perform the dreaded factory reset.


source: Neowin, WMPoweruser

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9 Comments

1. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I thought windows phone has had this forever. You just needed a computer to do it.

2. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

All this Windows Phone 10 news since Nadella announced the layoffs... Redmond trying to desparately tell us Windows Phone is still getting love?

3. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

No, it's really just phonearena. A new windows 10 mobile build was released, and they report each new feature in a different article. Really isn't necessary.

4. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

precisely why I dont pay much attn to windows anything on here. windowscentral is the place to go

5. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

That's actually where I go for Windows Phone news as well. Didn't realize there was a silly trickle happening, so thanks.

8. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

It also happens w/iOS and happens with Sammy/LG and any other OEMS.

6. Zylam

Posts: 1808; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

So now they will force you to change your MS account password every time? There has to be a better way.

7. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

No they send an email to your account to rest the password on your phone.

9. Tanii

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 30, 2015

Even nokia had this you could get locked for 15 minutes :p :D

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