How To Lock a User Account After a Specific Number of Wrong Login Attempts

By default you can perform unlimited user account login attempts on a windows system, which compromises with your privacy.

If anyone knows you a bit and is capable of guessing your password then he may get access to your system after a few attempts.

this is also the same kind of concept as your cell phone PIN code, if you enter the wrong one 3 times your SIM card gets locked, its service can only be started again by enter the PUK code which is with the network provider.

But unluckily windows doesn’t provide any such feature by default. to activate the auto locking you have to play with a few windows settings.

There was a rumor in the tech world that in windows XP there is a bug, if you do 690 wrong login attempts then the password will be cracked and you will gain administrator access. luckily there is nothing such in windows 7 and 8. but why take a chance,

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

After all you wanna compromise with your privacy, right?

Now coming to the point, here are the steps you need to follow to activate the auto lock after a specific number of login attempts.

#1  Go to start menu and type “Local Security Policy“. click on the result and launch the program.

#2 Now click on Account Policies -> Account Lockout Policy -> Account Lockout Threshold

#3 On clicking on Account Locking Threshold A pop up window will open asking number of failed attempts before account will be locked. Set it to whatever number you like. I recommend 5 as a good selection. Then apply and save the changes.

You are Half Done, if you wish you may continue.

By the default the lockout duration is 30 minutes, if you find it less or more you can increase or decrease the duration as per your wish.

Double click Account lockout Duration under Account Policies. in the pop up window, select your preferred time and save the settings.

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