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Set An Account Minimum Password Length

Creating a long password on your computer's local user account, Is essential to help keep It safe and secure from unauthorized access. Users however, become complacent and tend to opt for one that's only a few characters long- all for the sake of not having to deal with complexities. Well, you can actually "force" users to create a password with a minimum length, by using a native feature In Windows 10. In this tutorial, I will demonstrate how It's done.

Although passwords can be easily circumvented by those who have the skill set and know-how, particularly If they're based on short, commonly-used and easy to guess characters, setting a minimum length certainly Increases It's security by far. Can you Imagine trying to crack one that's 25 characters long?

In the following guide, you will learn how to Implement a minimum password length for any Windows 10 local user account. Ultimately, the user cannot create one that's below the specified requirement that you've previously set. This Is a very simple process via the Local Security Policy, so let's get this tutorial happening. Please note that the Local Security Policy, Is not supported In Windows 10 Home editions.

Step One:
To access the Local Security Policy, open the Run menu, type "secpol.msc" (no quotes) and hit "OK".

Step Two:
On the left pane, select "Account Policies > Password Policy", and double-click on "Minimum password length" located to the right.

Step Three:
Now simply set your minimum password length and hit "OK". For the purpose of this guide, I've set mine to 10.

Step Four:
To put this to the test, I've navigated to "Control Panel > User Accounts > Manage Accounts > Change an Account >  Change Password", and entered a password length (8 characters) below the minimum requirement and clicked "Change password".

Last Step:
As you can see In the Image below, the requirements were not met, hence I was unable to create my password.

Final Thoughts:
No doubt you've come to realize, that the length of a user's password, plays a significant role In securing the account on which It's protecting at the time. This tweak "forces" the user to enter a minimum password length during both the creation of the account, and when changing It at a later time.

Be sure to Implement this policy, to every device that has an active user account. It only takes a few minutes, so there's no excuse not to!


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