Tech Tip: Secure your network with Password Restrictions

A solid password aging policy forces users to select different passwords periodically and choose long passwords that are not frequently reused. Not only does this make it more difficult for intruders to guess user passwords, it also limits the amount of time that a cracked password can be used for illicit purposes.

To access the password age configuration, open User Manager For Domains and select Account from the Policies menu. Here are the Password Restrictions options that will help keep your network resources secure:

  • Maximum Password Age: These settings force users to change their passwords when the passwords reach a certain age. You can choose options that either Never Expire Passwords or Expire Passwords after one to 999 days.
  • Minimum Password Age: These settings let you Allow Changes Immediately or require that a password be from one to 999 days old before allowing changes. The latter option ensures that users can't change their passwords back to previous passwords after being forced to choose new ones due to the Maximum Password Age configuration.
  • Minimum Password Length: These settings let you Allow Blank Passwords or specify a minimum length of one to 14 characters.
  • Password Uniqueness: These settings allow you to choose Do Not Keep A Password History or Remember one to 24 passwords back. When you select the latter option, it prevents users from choosing a previously used password for a specified number of password changes.

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