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Optional Security

Below I describe some further ways on how to secure your system. The below features are very useful, although I have categorised them as optional because not everyone would need the below features/tools and not everyone is an advanced user.


Local Security Policy.

You can access the Local Security Policy from Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Local Security Policy. From here you can alter some very useful local security policy settings.

As you can see the figure below shows my settings I have set for my Account Lockout Policy, within the local security policy settings. If a user on my computer attempts a password 3 times, and fails on all 3 occasions, my system will lock them out for 30 minutes. You can change these settings to how many times you want, and to how long it is locked out for.


There are also other great features within the Local Security Policy. Have a play around and read the Explain this Setting feature, which explains what a particular feature does. To locate this, right click a setting and go to Properties, then hit the Explain this feature tab.

Windows XP Local Security Settings


Windows XP Local security settings Properties

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