Options - Passwords

In the program's Options (Edit > Options or F10), the tab Passwords allows you to modify the settings of your saved passwords.

Editing

  • Default auto-complete method: Allows you to define which auto-complete method will be selected for new password entries by default.

  • Default auto-complete sequence:  Allows you to define which auto-complete sequence will be selected for new password entries by default.

  • Default expiration period for passwords: You can define a period here, after which your passwords will expire by default, for example 3 months. This expiry date is used as a reminder to change your passwords regularly. If you want to change the expiry date for a specific password, select it, click Properties and change the according option on the General tab.

  • Show warning for expired passwords: If you check this option, you will receive a warning by the program when any passwords have expired. If you check it, you can set the number of days on which you will be shown a warning before the password expires.

Password Analyzer

Password Depot automatically analyzes new passwords, e.g. when you add a password entry. Additionally, the software shows how long it would approximately take to crack this password. This analysis is based on a standard value of three billion calculations per second, which corresponds to the power of a high-performance computer.

You can either leave the setting at Default or you can choose Custom to set your own values. In doing so, you can determine how many work stations are used by the imagined attacker and how many calculations per second can be executed by their work stations. In accordance with your specifications, the estimated value for cracking the password changes.

NOTE: As a rough guideline, you can say that one could crack about one million passwords per second using a regular PC. This means that the calculations offered by Password Depot really would be performed by a high-performance computer. It is not to be assumed that a 'normal' user would invest the criminal energy and the time to crack passwords by means of brute-force attacks or dictionary attacks.