Security Posture Best Practices

Configure a Screen Lock on Windows Devices

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Follow the steps below to configure your Windows device to pass the screen lock test on Vanta


  • Ensure Password Protection is enabled
    • Go to Start > Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options to access your sign-in options.
    • To change/manage your password or PIN, Select PIN (Windows Hello), and then select Change PIN.
    • Select Password, then select Change.

  • Ensure Sign-in options are set to always required: 
    • Go to Start > Settings Accounts Sign-in options. Next to 'If you've been away, when should Windows require you to sign in again?' select 'When PC wakes up from sleep' from the dropdown

Instructions for Windows 11 & Windows 10 can be found here: Windows sign-in options and account protection


Configuring Screen Saver

  • Open the Start Menu and search for "Settings", click and open the first result

  • Search for “Power” in the top left search bar and click on “Choose when to turn off the screen when plugged in"



  • Under the 'Screen and Sleep' settings, ensure the values for all power & sleep options are  between 5 and 15 minutes


  • Once complete Select 'Personalisation' from the left menu, followed by 'Lock Screen'

    from the list of options on the right


  • Select “Screen Saver” from related settings


  • Ensure Wait period is set to a value between 5 and 15 minutes, and checkbox for “On resume, display logon screen” is enabled. If this checkbox is not selected, the test will not pass


  • Click on Change Power Settings



  • If there are multiple plans, you will need to change power settings for each plan. . Select each one and Set the ‘turn off the display’ value to 10 minutes





  • Configuration Complete! The Screenlock test should begin passing after the next check in. 

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