Through ‘Group Policies’ to set Windows password to ultimately protect your system from being attacked
Through ‘Group Policies’ to set Windows password to ultimately protect
your system from being attacked
Obviously, for setting a password, it is as complex as possible for the sake of security. It
is much easier for a weak password to be attacked than a sophisticated password, of
course. A password composed with simply digits or letters and the length is no more than
six characters is much easier to be attacked compared to a password with special
symbols and more than 10 characters.
If unfortunately, your password is attacked and used by others illegally, your information,
privacy may be risked, and possibly you may face a huge economical lose. So, it’s
important to set a sophisticated password to better protect your information to reduce
Sophisticated passwords, or say strong passwords can be composed with special
symbols, characters, and digits for security, like ‘^&2fds7fs9’, ‘&qp9(xi’, ‘x2xu0/?zo/3r’,
If you are using Windows operating system, and want to enforce your system to protect
your information in maximum, Windows offers stronger password protection in addition to
a strong password with complexity and length. This method is rarely used, and most of
people may feel strange about it, but do follow with the steps below, and you are easy to
get your system as safe as possible simply by more security settings for the password.
Firstly, set a sophisticated windows XP/7/Vista password, and then through ‘Group
Policy’, you are easy to set the password attempt times. For example, if someone else
trying to log on your system attempting 3 times without success, then he is impossible to
enter a password on the Welcome Screen within 30 minutes.
Then how to do it?
Click ‘Start’, select ‘Run’, enter ‘gpedit.msc’ and hit Enter. You are facing a window
named ‘Group Policy’, unfold ‘Computer Configuration’, unfold ‘Windows Settings’, click
‘Security Settings’, on the right pane, double click ‘Account Policies’, find ‘Password
Tips: If get this ‘Password must meet complexity requirements’ enabled, the password
must meet the minimum requirements below:
1. The password must no less than 6 characters.
2. The password can’t contain either the account name or characters sets with more
than two serial characters.
3. The password must contain three types of characters among the four types below:
a. English letters either capitalized or small but not other languages
c. Special symbols (!, $, #, %)
Double click ‘Password must meet complexity requirements’, and select ‘Enable’ in the
Tips: This setting can take effect without the restarting your computer. After you have
finished the settings, you can set either administrator or user password through Control
How to limit the attempting times?
To limit the attempting times is to set the permitted times when the password is
continuously wrong. If the attempting times come to the times you set, the system will
automatically lockout for a period of time, which is also according to your settings.
Still open the ‘Group Policy’ as the above, Unfold ‘Computer Configuration>Windows
Settings>Security Settings>Account Policies
Double click ‘Account Lockout Policy’, and you get the following window, and double click
‘Account lockout threshold’.
Enter a number for ‘invalid logon attempts’ and click ‘OK’. For example, if you have
entered 3, it means that after 3 wrong password attempts, your system will be lockout
and won’t allow more attempts.
In the following window, double click ‘Account lockout duration’.
And, enter a number for the account lockout duration. And, click ‘OK’.
Tips: This method seems a little bit restrict, and for those who are not familiar with
computer settings, please get used to it firstly to use it.
Of course, if unfortunately, you have yourself locked out of your Windows system, and
the password is that complex, it’s still method to recovery windows password and reuse
the account to log on Windows. Use one of the popular software program to burn a CD to
reset the password will do, like Windows Password Reset 7.0.