Strong Passwords within SupportDesk

August 30, 2019

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Outlined below is how to ensure the use of strong passwords within your SupportDesk system, to protect your data and that of your clients.

If you are using a hosted SupportDesk system or have a browser interface that is not restricted to internal use, then you most definitely should be implementing strong passwords within your system.

How to set up your passwords

Under Settings>Webserver>Advanced Settings, there is a field where you set the minimum password length. The default is 8 characters, and this cannot be set to any less. There is also a field where you can set a default password which will be used in password resets and this must also meet the minimum criteria.

When a login is manually created, the system will check that the password meets the minimum requirements, which is an capital alphabetical letter, a numeric and also a symbol. If the password does not meet any of these, the system will notify the user and ask them to amend it.

Password Reset Functionality

For password resets, you need to have :-

  • the user’s email address on their login details
  • an email template for password resets on the manual tab that includes the variable system:passwordreset
User email address on Login Details



You can manually reset a user’s password on their login details record, the password is reset to the default system password prefix plus a randomly generated string. A mail is triggered to go to the email address on the login record and the system:passwordreset variable is resolved to the newly generated password.

When the user next logs in with the new password, the system detects that it is a generated password and enforces the user to provide a password of their choice that meets the strong password criteria.

Prompt to create a new password

Do you need any further help with making a strong and secure password? Send an email into Support@houseonthehill.com and one of our colleagues would be more than happy to help!

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