The password policy dialog is an optional dialog to configure detailed
password settings concerning the password strength and expiration date.
Overall security may be increased by enforcing the user to use a minimal
password length and by preventing the reuse of old passwords. The password
policy dialog looks like this:
The following options are available to improve password settings:
Minimum Password Length:
By activating this option the user will be forced to use a password
with the minimum amount of characters shown. The default value is "5"
Logs the last used passwords of a user and prevents the reuse of an
old password. The number of logged passwords can be entered.
Defines the time interval in days for renewing the password. Users
need to change their password to a new one if the entered time has passed.
In addition to defining password security
details, the application offers protection mechanisms against password
hacking. Details about suspending the application and the user account
can be configured in the Protection Mechanisms field:
The application will automatically suspend itself after a given amount
of unsuccessful tries to enter the password. The number of unsuccessful
tries can be defined here. If the user exceeds the entered amount of tries
he will see a warning message:
The application will then be blocked for 5 minutes and display the
following message with a timer countdown which cannot be closed or canceled:
Disable User Account
As a more profound measure to prevent password hacking the user account
may be disabled after given amount of wrong passwords. The number of unsuccessful
tries before disabling the user account can be defined here. If the user
exceeds the entered amount of tries the application will simply close
and the user account will be disabled. The user needs to contact the applications
administrator to re-enable his account again.