To safeguard your system better, you may make Windows 10 automatically lockout after multiple failed login attempts for any set period of time.
By default, your Windows accounts are protected having a password or PIN protection, depending on your settings. Generally, when the computer is locked or started, you can test as many passwords or PINs as you want to log in to the system. This really is ideal for some, particularly if you are somebody that mistypes a lot. However, if you want to better protect your system, through an unlimited password tries in not a good thing. This is also true if you are using PIN protection.
The good thing is, you are able to force Windows 10 to set a lockout threshold. Depending on the threshold, Windows 10 will automatically lockout the system for a set amount of time (which you can configure). For example, if you set the brink to 3 attempts along with a 30-minute lockout, Windows will lockout itself for Half an hour after three invalid login attempts. As you can see, this eliminates the unlimited password tries.
So, without further ado, allow me to show how you can automatically lockout Windows after multiple failed login attempts.
Set Windows Lockout Threshold – Auto Lockout After Multiple Failed Login Attempts
To set the Windows account lockout threshold, we have to make use of the Local Security Policy. Unfortunately, the LSP is only obtainable in Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education versions. So, if you work with those versions, stick to the below steps.
1. First, open the Local Security Policy application. To achieve that, open the start menu, search for “secpol.msc” and click on looking result.
2. In the Local Security Policy window, expand the “Account Policies” folder around the left panel and choose the “Account Lockout Policy” folder.
3. Around the right panel, find and double-click around the “Account lockout threshold” policy.
4. In the properties window, go into the number of invalid login attempts you want to allow. With my case, I would like the machine to lockout after 3 invalid login attempts. So, I entered 3 within the field. Click on the “Apply” and “Ok” buttons in order to save changes.
5. When you set the Account Lockout Threshold, Windows automatically suggests setting two other policies. i.e, Account Lockout Duration and Reset Account Lockout Counter After. Automatically, both of these are going to 30 minutes. Allow the defaults be and click on the “Ok” button.
When you are done setting up the policy, this is how the primary window looks like.
That’s it. In the future, Windows will lock itself out after a quantity of failed or invalid login attempts.
Remove lockout threshold
If you ever want to remove the account lockout threshold, follow steps 1 through 4 within the above section. In fifth step, type 0 within the field and click on the “Ok” button. Windows will again suggest changes to 2 other policies. Accept the defaults by clicking on the “Ok” button.
That is it.