How to configure 'Secured Auto Logon' on computers

'Secured Auto Logon'

'Secured Auto Logon' on computers refers to a feature that allows a user to automatically log in to their account without manually entering their username and password. While auto logon offers convenience, the "secured" aspect is crucial for maintaining the overall security of the system. Here are some reasons why secured auto logon is needed:
1.    User Convenience: Auto logon saves users time and effort by eliminating the need to enter login credentials every time they start their computer. It is especially useful in situations where a single user predominantly uses the                   system.
2.    Productivity and Efficiency: Secured auto logon can enhance productivity in work environments where quick access to computers is crucial. It eliminates the login step and allows users to immediately start working upon system             startup.
3.    Automated Processes and Services: In some cases, systems need to run specific tasks or services automatically without user intervention. Secured auto logon allows these automated processes to execute in the background                 without requiring manual login, ensuring continuous operation and system availability.
4.    Kiosk or Public Access Systems: In scenarios where computers are set up as kiosks or public access points, secured auto logon can provide a seamless user experience. It allows users to access the system swiftly without                     needing to authenticate, facilitating easy and efficient interaction.
5.    System Accessibility: Secured auto logon can be particularly helpful for individuals with accessibility needs. Users with mobility impairments or disabilities may find it challenging to enter login credentials repeatedly, and auto logon         simplifies their access to the system.
However, it is important to implement secured auto logon practices to maintain the system's security:
1.     Strong Passwords: Even with auto logon, it is crucial to set strong and unique passwords for user accounts to prevent unauthorized access in case of system compromise.
2.     Physical Security: Secured auto logon should only be used in environments where physical security measures are in place. Unauthorized access to a computer with auto logon enabled can potentially grant complete control of the         system to an attacker.
3.     User Accountability: Users should understand the responsibility associated with secured auto logon. They must be aware of the potential risks and take necessary precautions to protect their accounts and sensitive data.
4.     Limited Privileges: Auto logon should be used with non-administrator accounts whenever possible to restrict the potential impact of unauthorized access.
By considering these security measures, secured auto logon can balance convenience and productivity while maintaining the necessary safeguards for computer systems.

How to Configure 'Secured Auto Logon' on Computers


  1. Download Autologon from Microsoft Sysinternals.
  2. Save the Autologon.exe file in the 'netlogon' folder: \\eproclab2\netlogon\autologon.
  3. Navigate to the eProc console, then go to Virtual Technician > Security Policies > Computer.
  4. Select "Secured Auto Logon" and click "Add" in the right pane.
  5. For Source Full Path, enter the path to the Autologon file.
  6. For Target Full Path, enter the path from which the application should be launched.
  7. Enable the 'Auto Logon State'.
  8. Click 'Set Account' and enter the domain, account, and password.
  9. Click OK and then COMMIT.


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