How to Enable LSA Protection in Windows 11 Explained With Steps!

The Importance of Local Security Authority Protection in Windows 11 and why should you enable it.

We are all aware of the risks associated with using the internet as computer users. From viruses and malware to cyber-attacks and data breaches, all precautions must be taken to protect our devices.

Enabling LSA Protection on your Windows 11 computer is one of the most effective ways to accomplish this. LSA Protection is a security feature that aids in the prevention of malicious software accessing sensitive data during the Local Security Authority (LSA) process.

In this article, we will show you how to enable LSA Protection on your Windows 11 computer in simple steps.

What is LSA Protection?

The Local Security Authority (LSA) process manages security policies and authentication on your computer as part of the Windows operating system. It is in charge of enforcing security policies, providing authentication services, and credential management.

LSA Protection is a security feature that prevents unauthorised access to the LSA process. It prevents malicious software from stealing sensitive data stored in the LSA process, such as usernames, passwords, and security tokens.

How to Use Windows Security Settings to Turn On LSA in Windows 11

In Windows 11, you can easily modify your computer’s security settings with Windows Security Settings.

Here’s how you can turn on LSA protection using Windows Security Settings:

  1. Click on the search bar below side and search “Windows Security app

  2. Now look for the “Device Security” option in the left-hand menu and click on it.

  3. Locate the “Core isolation” section and click the “Core isolation details” button.

  4. Turn on the “Memory integrity” toggle switch.

  5. After you have toggled the switch, your PC will require a restart to take effect.

In order to enable Core isolation, which includes LSA protection, you need to turn on Memory integrity.

Activate Local Security Authority Using Registry Editor

The Registry Editor is a tool available in Windows, which enables you to view and modify the system registry

Here’s how you can activate LSA using Registry Editor:

  1. To Open Registry Editor using the shortcut Press the Windows key + R which will open the Run dialogue box.

  2. Type “regedit” in the Run dialogue box and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.

  3. To access the registry key, go to the following path:

  4. In the right-hand pane, double-click on “RunAsPPL” and change its value to “1

  5. Now turn off the Registry Editor and restart your computer.

By changing the value of the “RunAsPPL” registry key to “1” you activate LSA protection.

How to Enable LSA Protection Using the Local Group Policy Editor

The Local Group Policy Editor is another tool in Windows that allows you to manage various system settings and policies.

Here’s how you can enable LSA protection using the Local Group Policy Editor:

  1. To Open Local Group Policy Editor using the shortcut Press the “Windows key + R” which will open the Run dialogue box.

  2. Type “gpedit.msc” in the Run dialogue box and press Enter to open the Local Group Policy Editor.

  3. Navigate to the following policy:
    Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Local Security Authority 

  4. The option you need to select is “Configure LSASS to operate as a safeguarded process.” and double-click on it.

  5. Then change the option “Not Configured” to “Enabled

  6. In the Options section below there is Change Configure LSA to run a protected process. Change the option from “Disabled” to “Enabled with UEFI Lock“.
  7. Click on the “Apply” button and then “OK” to save the changes.

  8. You will have to restart your PC for the changes to take effect.

By following this step-by-step article, you can enable LSA Protection and keep your sensitive data safe.

Remember to always stay vigilant and keep your device updated with the latest Windows updates to ensure maximum protection. Stay safe and secure!

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