How To Temporarily Lock A PC After Multiple Incorrect Password Entries

[Set A Limited Number Of Password Guesses]

By following a few simple steps, you can now select the number of incorrect password entries it will take, before you computer locks itself down for protection.

This feature is very important to have for people who can’t always guarantee that their computer will remain untampered once they are out of sight.

Some would argue that for such people, features like Facial Recognition Locking will prove a better solution, in comparison to traditional passwords.

However, just in case that option isn’t available to you, you can still use this feature to help you secure your account, no matter which Windows version you may have.

In order to activate this feature, and set a limit to the number of password guess your computer accepts, follow these simple steps:

  1. Run “Command Prompt as Admin”.
  2. Type the following command – net accounts – and press Enter.
  3. You will be given an overview of your current password policy.
  4. The “Lockout Threshold” represents the number of wrong attempts it takes before your computer locks itself.
  5. By default this number will be set to “Never”.
  6. To change this setting, type the following command – net accounts /lockoutthreshold:3 – and press enter.
  7. You can replace 3 with any other number of incorrect guess you would like to allow.
  8. The “Lockout Duration” represents the number of minutes the PC will remain locked before you can try to access it again.
  9. To change it, type the following command – net accounts /lockoutduration:30 – and press enter.
  10. You can replace 30 with any other number of minutes you would like for your PC to remain locked.
  11. If you want to remove the limit again, type the following command – net accounts /lockoutthreshold:0 – and press enter.

With these simple steps, you will be able to select the number of incorrect password attempts your PC tolerates before locking itself down. Be Safe.

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Posted on : 09 Dec 2016 @ 11:25

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