How to customize password policy on Windows accounts (8/10/7): - If you try to set a new password for your Google account with an old one, you will immediately be prompted to choose a different password, indicating that the password you are trying to set has been used previously. This happens because Google applies password history to your Google accounts. Additionally, there are a handful of other password policies that are very useful in helping users choose and maintain strong passwords for their accounts. The good news is that you can also apply these password policies to your Windows accounts.
- print Win + R keys together to open the file run the dialog box. Once open, type secpol.msc and press the Enter key.
- A separate window for local security policy opens. In the left pane of the window, expand Account policies and click Criterio password to view the security settings in the right window pane.
Apply Password History: -
Double-click this entry to apply password history to an account. You can set the number of passwords to remember. That is, before repeating a previous password, the given number of unique passwords must be associated with the specific account.
Maximum password age: -
Here you can set an expiration date for a password. That is, after this particular number of days has expired, the system prompts the user to update the password.
Minimum password age: -
This policy allows you to set a minimum age for your passwords. That is, if a password is set, it cannot be changed until the specified minimum age has expired. If you set it to zero, you can change the password immediately after setting it.
Minimum password length: -
Here you can set the minimum number of characters or numbers your password must contain. If the password does not contain the specified minimum number of characters, you will be notified.
The key must meet the complexity requirements: -
If this policy is enabled, your password must meet the following complexity requirements set by Windows:
Not contain the user's account name or parts of the user's full name that exceed two consecutive characters Be at least six characters in length Contain characters from three of the following four categories: English uppercase characters (A through Z) English lowercase characters (a through z) Base 10 digits (0 through 9) Non-alphabetic characters (for example, !, $, #, %) Complexity requirements are enforced when passwords are changed or created.
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