Change The Length Of Time When Users Need To Change Their Login Password

Passwords have already become an inevitable part of computers without which the user never feels secured or safe. With the increasing amount of cyber crimes and offline attacks, it is of no surprise that stronger ways of using the most effective passwords are the need of an hour.

This is the reason why you come across the online articles and news, which reveal many interesting ideas to make the passwords infallible. Some of these ideas include making a strong password using a combination of characters and symbols, revealing it to none in form of oral or written hints, and avoiding its typing in front of anybody. Well, one more effective way to ensure a foolproof password usage is to change the login password frequently. Let us now check about the significance and the method of doing so.

Problem: Monthly Loss Of Data From The PCs Of The Managers

Let us consider a scenario wherein you are the Sales Manager in your office and work on Windows 7. You notice that after every 20 to 25 days, you tend to lose your schedule file for the next month stored in your D: drive. Surprisingly, the managers of other department have also complained of losing their confidential files.

You are not able to figure out the cause despite the fact that these computers are not on the office network. In absence of any proof, you cannot even blame anyone in the office. Although you have a backup, you still want to stop this illicit act in your office. So, what can you do now?

Solution: Change The Login Password Frequently

In the above scenario, it is very clear that there is an unauthorized person in your office who knows the login passwords. Therefore, you need to cut off this root cause. In this case, the best solution is to change the password every 10 to 20 days.

Instead of doing this manually (you might forget), why not set an automatic reminder? For this, you need to change the password age by setting the Maximum password age policy.

Implement The Solution: The Local Security Policy Editor Offers the Maximum Password Age Policy

The Local Security Policy Editor allows you to specify the maximum password age in terms of days, which means that your password will expire once that period is over and then you will have to provide a new password. For example, if you specify 30 days, you will have to change the password after a month. Here are the steps of setting this policy in Windows 7.

1. Log in as administrator.

2. In the Search box of the Start menu, enter Secpol.msc.

3. Press Enter. The Local Security Policy window is displayed.

4. In the left side, navigate up to Security Settings\Account Policies\Password Policy. The different policies are displayed on the right side.

5. Double-click Maximum password age on the right side. The Maximum password age Properties dialog box is displayed.

6. Change the Password will expire in value to 30.

7. Click OK.

8. Close the Local Security Policy Editor.

Note: The Local Security Policy Editor is not available in the Home versions of Windows.