How to Disable Automatic Login in Windows 10

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When you first set up a new PC, you create a user account, and that account is set, by default, to login automatically at startup. This isn't a problem when you're at home, but if you use a laptop, and travel, this is a serious risk.

This automatic login means that anyone who finds your computer only needs to start it up to have access to your files.

How To Disable:

  1. Press Win+R, enter "netplwiz", which will open the "User Accounts" window.
  2. Check the “Users must enter a username and password to use this computer” option and click Apply.
  3. You’re done. Restart your computer and the system will prompt you to enter your password at the login screen.

Three easy steps like that makes your computer, and data, more secure! 

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Darryl MacLeod

Darryl is Information Security Manager of Securicy, an Information Security Company that enables organizations to efficiently implement and maintain compliant Cyber Security Practices