You can adjust and strengthen Windows 10 security settings through Group Policy. Here’s how.
You want to tighten the security features and policies in Windows 10 but you’re not sure where to go. Well, there is a Settings screen where you can enable or disable several privacy settings. But if you want to manage and maintain the security settings in the OS, one method is through the Group Policy Editor. Using this tool, you can control settings for anyone who uses the same computer. You’ll find settings for password length and complexity, the account lockout policy, the Windows firewall, and the audit policies. Though Group Policy is typically used in an organization, it can also be recruited to tweak settings on an individual computer, whether that PC is used by one person or by multiple people in a home or small office.
The local security policies for Windows 10 are contained in a Group Policy snap-in called secpol.msc. By opening this snap-in in your Group Policy Editor, you can tweak each individual setting. This gives you the power to set security policy for any Windows 10 computer in your home or office. Anyone who logs into a computer for which you’ve set the security policies will be subject to the same settings, so group policy is an ideal way to set security for all users of a single PC.
To open the local security policy in Windows 10, type secpol.msc in the Cortana search field. Right click on the search result that reads secpol.msc Microsoft Common Console Document and click on Run as Administrator. The local security policy then opens in your Group Policy Editor displaying all the security policies and settings organized by folder and type.