How to increase Windows 7 Security with Account Lockout

In Windows 7, by default, you can attempt to login as many times as you want. No matter how many times you enter an incorrect password, you can try again. To make your account more secure, there is a feature called Account Lockout, which locks the account if a specified number of incorrect passwords are entered.

This guide explains how to enable account lockout in Microsoft Windows 7.

  1. Open the Control Panel and click on the System and Security link.
  2. In the System and Security window, click on Administrative Tools.
  3. Double click on the shortcut Local Security Policy in the Administrative Tools window.
  4. A new window will launch. Expand the list titled Account Policies under the Security Settings heading in the left pane of the Local Security Policy window. Select Account Lockout Policy from the left pane in the Local Security Policy window.
  5. Right-click the Account lockout threshold option and select Properties.
  6. In the properties window set the number of login attempts that you want Windows to allow before it locks the account. Click OK and exit.
  7. Now you’ll want to set the duration for how much time your account remains locked. This can be done by right-clicking the Account lockout duration option and selecting Properties. In the properties window, set the amount of time for which you want the account to be locked. Click OK and exit. That’s it.

  8. Your Windows 7 user account will now lock after the set number of failed login attempts, after which only the correct password will unlock the account, after the specified “time-out” period passes.

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