Properties - Advanced

On the Advanced tab of the database properties, you can define different settings for the password policy and password change history.

Password Policy

  • Passwords hidden by default: If this option is checked, passwords are hidden and will be shown as asterisks (***), e.g. in the Properties dialog. If you uncheck this option, passwords will be shown as clear text, meaning that you can see their actual characters. This is not recommended for security reasons, however, as showing your passwords' characters makes it easier to copy them.

  • Check password resistance to dictionary attacks: If you activate this option, the software will check every password for character strings which may be part of a dictionary. Having found such strings, the program will issue a warning. If you do not want or need such warnings, simply uncheck the present check box.

  • Force new/edited passwords to comply with the following rules: If you select this option, all new or modified passwords will be checked for compliance with the parameters defined below. When a password does not satisfy the defined policy, you will be prompted to modify the password.  

  • Minimum length: You can determine a minimum length, which means that all passwords must contain at least the number of characters which you indicate here.

  • Password must include: You can specify that all passwords must include certain characters. In this respect, you can set that passwords must contain either all or a some of the four symbol types shown below.

NOTE: In the field (Password must include) At least x of the selected symbol types, the number of character types you can set is limited by the number of types checked below. If you have checked two types, for instance, you can only set a "1" or a "2" into the field, not a "3" or a "4."

History

  • Keep password change history: If this option is checked, a new entry will be added to the password history whenever you change a password. You will find these stored changes on the History tab in the Properties dialog (Ctrl+M). The password history will for example help you if you created a new password and did not save it in the according account by mistake.

  • Max. number of changes in history: Here you can limit the number of changes in the history that is saved.

  • Clear password history: It can make sense to clear the passwords history for all passwords if (too) many changes have been recorded in the course of time. Deleting them will help you to decrease the file size and to keep track of all password changes.