The security of your computer In preventing unauthorized access by anyone attempting to sign In, Is only as good as the local user account password that's used to protect It. If you're using the same password over and over again and a given user has knowledge of this, It's an open Invitation to the sensitive data stored on your PC's hard disk. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to prevent users from reusing the same local user account password.
Before I begin, do note that this pertains to local user accounts, and not those created with a Microsoft account. Whether It's a business environment or simply a home network, password reuse Is a commonality with users on every level. As a result, It's susceptible to being compromised with Incredible ease.
On the grounds that you've Implemented a password expiration policy (If you haven't, do so now!), whereby users are forced to change their local user account passwords every so often, It's Imperative that they do so, by using a different one each time.
By default on the Windows platform, passwords do not expire and you can use the same one as many times as you like, which Is a major security Issue In anyone's eyes. To fix this, I will demonstrate how to enforce a password history, which determines the number of unique (different) passwords that must be used before an old password can be reused.
In simple terms, users cannot use the same password repeatedly. To achieve this, I will use the good old Group Policy Editor, which Is only available In Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education editions. So without further delay, let's get this tutorial started.
Step One:The first thing you need to do, Is access the Group Policy Editor. Open the Run menu, enter gpedit.msc and hit OK as shown below.
Step Two:The Group Policy Editor will now open, so navigate to the following directory.
Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Account Policies > Password Policy
Make sure Password Policy Is selected and on the right pane, double-click Enforce password history.