Windows 7 – How to set up a Password and Account Lockout Policy
A local password policy can enforce password length and password complexity rules.
Step 1 – Access the Security Policy
Start > Search box “security”
Click on “Local Security Policy”
Step 2 – Security Settings
Account Policies > Password Policy
Several options will appear
* Minimum Password Length
Double click on minimum password length > set to 12 characters or more
It is better to think of a pass SENTENCE, than a pass WORD. Longer is better.
* Password must meet Complexity
Complexity enforces number, upper case, lower case and special characters. It’s a defense against bruteforce hacking. However, longer passwords are a more robust defense and less frustrating to use (see reference below). Therefore use a longer passSENTENCE, before enforcing complexity.
Default is Disabled > Enable
Step 3 – Account Lockout
Account lockout policy – Select it
Set the Threshold > 5 attempts
Nice and easy.