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Password Settings Page

Here, administrators can edit various settings regarding the security level of passwords.

The Password Security Settings page contains the following fields:

  • User Password is Good For
  • New Password History
  • Password Length
  • Password Complexity
  • Maximum Failed Attempts
  • Lockout Period Length

All fields are required. They each have a drop down selector next to them. The functions of each field and the various drop-down options are described below.

The Save button updates all changes to the settings, and returns the user to the Admin tab. Cancel does not save any changes, and returns the user to the Admin tab.

User Password is Good For

This determines how long a password remains useable before the system forces the user to update upon login.

Drop down options and their functions:

  • Never Expires - The password remains useable indefinitely and the system never forces the user to create a new one.
  • Monthly - The user is prompted to create a new password every month
  • Quarterly - The user is prompted to create a new password every three months
  • Yearly - The user is prompted to create a new password every year

New Password History

The user is not allowed to create a "new" password that is exactly like the last one. The New Password History option determines how many passwords the system remembers. Any previous passwords contained in this memory are rejected if they are submitted as new passwords.

Drop down Options:

  • 1 Password Remembered
  • 2 Passwords Remembered
  • 3 Passwords Remembered
  • 4 Passwords Remembered
  • 5 Passwords Remembered

Password Length

This setting determines the minimum character length for passwords.

Drop down Options:

  • 6 Characters
  • 8 Characters
  • 10 Characters
  • 12 Characters
  • 14 Characters

Password Complexity

This setting determines what types of characters must be included in a password.

Drop down Options:

  • None - The password does not need to include any particular type of characters (the character length value still applies. This does not mean no password is required).
  • Alphanumeric - The password must contain both numbers and letters.
  • Alphanumeric With Special Characters - The password must contain numbers, letters, and special characters. Available special characters:
    ! " # $ % & ' ( ) * + , - . / : ; < = > ? @ [ \ ] ^ _ ` { | } ~

Maximum Failed Attempts

This option determines how many times a user must get the password wrong before the system locks them out from making any more attempts.

Drop down Options:

  • No Limit - The system never locks users out for getting the password wrong.
  • 3 - The system locks out any user who enters the password incorrectly 3 times in a row.
  • 10 - The system locks out any user who enters the password incorrectly 10 times in a row.
  • 15 - The system locks out any user who enters the password incorrectly 15 times in a row.

Lockout Period Length

This determines the duration of the lockout period when a user meets the Maximum Failed Attempts defined above.

Drop down options:

  • 15 Minutes - The user can not attempt login for 15 minutes.
  • 30 Minutes - The user can not attempt login for 30 minutes.
  • 60 Minutes - The user can not attempt login for 60 minutes.
  • Indefinite (Must be reset by Admin) - The user is barred from attempting to log in forever or until the Admin lifts the ban.

Resetting a Locked Out User

To allow a user to log back in after being locked out, an administrator will need to use the password reset function as outlined in the section of this document entitled "Admin Resetting a User's Password." These actions will work regardless of the Lockout Period Length setting.

Save and Cancel

Click Save to save your work and return to the Admin tab. Click Cancel to leave the page and discard any unsaved work.

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