Strong Password Policy in BigTime
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Some firms prefer a strong password for security reasons: it’s a way to protect your company’s information. Strong passwords are often a combination of characters, including letters and numbers, of a specific length.
BigTime doesn’t require users to have a strong password. However, it’s an option system administrators can enable for their users.
This article will explain:
- What constitutes a strong password in BigTime,
- How to enable a strong password policy, and
- Who’s affected by the policy.
Strong password requirements vary among companies. For BigTime, a strong password:
- Is at least eight characters long.
- Contains two of the following character types: letters, digits, and non-alphanumeric characters, such as a dollar sign or an exclamation point.
- Doesn’t involve the user’s username or the word “password.”
If a strong password is a feature you’d like to have, system administrators can follow the steps in the next section to set it up.
System administrators can follow these steps:
- Click My Company, from the navigation bar, and select My Company from the picklist.
- Check the box “enable strong password policy.”
- Click Save to save your selection.
Now that you’ve enabled this policy, let’s look at how it’ll affect your users.
Who’s Affected by A Strong Password Policy?
Two groups will be affected by the strong password policy:
1. New users added to your BigTime account.
Any new users invited to BigTime after the strong password policy is enabled will be prompted to create a strong password.
2. Current users that have their password reset.
BigTime doesn’t require current BigTime employees to make a strong password after the strong password policy is enabled. But if a current user resets their password or the system administrator resets the user’s password, then the user will be instructed to create a strong password.
There are two ways a current user’s password can be reset:
- The user can access the reset password option within their profile setting. Click here to learn how.
- The system administrators can reset the user’s password. Click here to learn how.
In both instances, BigTime will prompt the user to create a strong password.
It’s generally thought that longer and more complicated passwords are more secure, but BigTime leaves that decision up to you.
TIP: A firm owner of multiple companies can designate which companies require a strong password.
For example, John Doe owns three firms that use BigTime Software: a law firm, an accounting firm, and an ice cream shop. John can set a strong password for the law and accounting firms, which means the users of these firms will need to have a strong password. John can decide not to have a strong password for the ice cream shop, which means the users won’t need to use a strong password.