Jan 20 2008

Setup The Number Of Logon Attempts In Vista For More Security

password 2 A great way to secure your computer is to setup an Account Lockout Policy in Vista. This way there will be only a certain number tries at your password before the account is locked out for a set period of time. I believe this tip will only work in Vista Business and Ultimate, but let me know if I’m wrong.

Lets get started:

  1. Click the Start Orb > All Programs > Administrative Tools.
  2. Click Local Security Policy.
  3. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.
  4. Double click Account Policies.
  5. Click Account Lockout Policy.
  6. In the details pane, double click Account lockout threshold.
  7. Set the value to the number of failed logon attempts you want to allow, then click Ok.
  8. The Suggested Value Changes dialog box will appear. then click OK to accept the default values.
  9. If you want to change the default values of the lockout time, double click Account Lockout Duration and change the settings, click Ok when finished.
  10. You can also adjust the Account Lockout counter the same way.

Now if someone tries and fails to logon to your computer for the set number of times they will be Locked out for the specified time.

SCREEN SHOTS:

1. Click the Start Orb > All Programs > Administrative Tools.
2. Click Local Security Policy.

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3. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.

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4. Double click Account Policies.
5. Click Account Lockout Policy.
6. In the details pane, double click Account lockout threshold.

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7. Set the value to the number of failed logon attempts you want to allow, then click Ok.

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8. The Suggested Value Changes dialog box will appear. then click OK to accept the default values.

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9. If you want to change the default values of the lockout time, double click Account Lockout Duration and change the settings,

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10. You can also adjust the Account Lockout counter the same way.

Now if someone tries and fails to logon to your computer for the set number of times they will be Locked out for the specified time.

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    1. Matt said:

      Why don’t i have any of this? I have Vista Home Premium, And I don’t even have the Admin Tools under accessories? When i searched i DID find that folder, but no Local Security.

      May 3rd, 2008 at 3:03 pm
    2. Kevin said:

      @ Matt, Sorry its only in Business and Ultimate editions. If I find a way to make it work in Home Premium I’ll let you know

      Kevin.

      May 3rd, 2008 at 4:15 pm
    3. Kevin said:

      @ Matt, I may have an answer for you in the next couple days, I’m testing something that might give you what you need.
      Kevin

      May 3rd, 2008 at 9:21 pm
    4. Kevin said:

      @ Matt, You may want to check this site http://www.windowsreference.com/windows-vista/how-to-get-group-policy-editor-in-vista-home-edition/
      Looks like he found a way to get the Group Policy Editor to work in Vista Home, I don’t have the home version so I couldn’t try it. Good luck & let me know if it works.
      Kevin

      May 6th, 2008 at 7:26 pm

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