This topic is for those using IFP 3.4.0 and later.
In order to keep your IFP account secure and protect access to sensitive information in your databases, it is important to use a strong password.
Setting your Password
To set your password:
- From IFP Home, click your username e.g. Demo User 1
- On the General tab, click Set Password.
- Enter your Current Password. This is the password that you are currently using to login to IFP. This may be pre-filled.
- Enter your New Password and again in the Confirm Password field. This must meet the password policy requirements.
How to Choose a Strong Password
Your Regional Administrator will have selected either a strength-based or a rule-based policy to be applied when setting your password.
A strong password will not include your name or email, dates, simple keyboard patterns or single words with character substitutions (e.g. P@55w0rd!). A few unrelated words can form a good passphrase, e.g. 'health glass music four' (choose your own words).
A suitable password will produce a green tick next to the New Password field. If a red warning appears, your password is too simple. The strength bar will indicate how strong your password is.
If a rule-based password policy is used, you must meet the requirements shown in the information box to create your password.
The example below has the following requirements:
- At least 1 uppercase letter (A-Z)
- At least 1 number (0-9)
- No more than 2 repeated characters, e.g. aa is OK, aaa is not
- Between 7 and 12 characters long
- Cannot be the same as any of your last 3 passwords
A green tick next to the New Password field will indicate the password has met the minimum policy requirements.
These policy requirements are only a minimum. In order to generate the strongest possible password, we would expect that multiple upper case letters A-Z and 0-9 numbers would be used and that no characters are repeated consecutively.
In this example, any character is allowed, so you can use symbols such as !?@$ to increase the password complexity.