Changing Volume Passwords

SafeHouse volume passwords can be changed as often as desired using the Change Password dialog shown below.

When using smartcards with SafeHouse, your old password will be read from your smartcard, and your new password will be updated into your smartcard.

Choosing Strong Passwords

Be careful when you choose your passwords.

Do:

Don't:

How to Launch this Dialog:
  1. Right click the SafeHouse padlock system tray icon.

  2. Choose Tools & Options from the menu.

  3. Click the Tools tab.

  4. Click the Change Volume Password button.

Type your new password and click the Finish button to accept.

Folder

Point SafeHouse to the folder or disk drive  which contains your volume file. Use the folder icon to the right to browse for the correct folder.

Volume

Choose the SafeHouse volume file to have its password changed. This drop list will display all SafeHouse volumes located in the above-named folder.

If the volume you're interested in is listed, but in dim or light text, this indicates that the volume is presently open. Please close it before trying to change its password.

NOTE:  SafeHouse volumes must be closed in order to change their passwords.

Strength Meter

This password strength meter operates as a guide to help you choose strong passwords that are difficult to guess. The bar will turn green as you choose better passwords.

This meter is only a guide. We cannot guarantee with any certainty that specific passwords will never be guessed.

Password Dictionary

SafeHouse Professional includes a 250,000-word dictionary of common passwords, names, places, words and phrases which are easily guessed by intruders using commonly-available hacker dictionaries. If you choose a password found in the SafeHouse dictionary, the meter bar will remain all red to indicate that it's extremely vulnerable to dictionary attacks. After all, if it's in our dictionary, you can pretty much assume it will also be listed in the list of passwords to try by any determined intruder.

The term "dictionary attack" refers to a common practice by hackers of trying every word in the English dictionary, or some combination of available dictionaries. These attacks can be performed by automated software and run very quickly. In short, don't choose single words from the dictionary as your password.

Old Password

Type your old password to prove you are the rightful owner of this volume.

If you are using a smartcard, SafeHouse will automatically read your old password from the smartcard and fill in this field.

New Password & Retype

Choose your new password and then type it again in the field below. Passwords are case sensitive, up to 255 characters.

TIP:  Don't use common words that are easy to guess. Mix in some upper or lower case letters, numbers and punctuation symbols.

Lost Passwords

SafeHouse Professional includes the ability for system administrators to reset lost SafeHouse volume passwords, but only if this feature was enabled prior to creating your volume.

SafeHouse Personal Edition does not include any features to facilitate resetting or recovering lost passwords.

See How to Reset a Lost Password.

To learn about enabling this feature in SafeHouse Professional Edition, please see the SafeHouse Administrator's Guide.

Please do not call SafeHouseSoftware.com when you lose your password.  We have absolutely no ability to recover lost passwords.

 

 

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