Password Policy Manager

Activate Password Policy Manager (PPM) allows an organisation to significantly enhance security by enforcing strong Password Policies. This increases compliance and security while also improving end user satisfaction.

  • You can implement multiple policies based on Groups or OUs in Active Directory
  • Advanced Policies including Dictionary Rules
  • Windows Password Change Integration
    • Password Change Hints 
    • Detailed message if a proposed Password does not meet complexity rules
  • Supports Windows Password Reset, Activate Web and Activate Anywhere Password Reset
  • Pass Phrase support

If you are relying on the built-in basic Windows Password Complexity rules, users are still allowed to set a weak passwords such as ‘Password1’. Activate Password Policy Manager's configurable rules and granular targeting of users, means that you can enforce multiple policies and provide much stricter requirements.

Overview

Multiple Policies

Multiple Password Policies can be applied to different groups in the organisation. For example, Administrator accounts may require more complex or longer Passwords, the number of policies is unlimited

Change Password Hints

Users are informed of the Password Rules that apply to their account when changing their Password

Change Password Failure

Users are given a detailed reason when their new Password does not meet the current Password Policy Rules

Password Reset Clients

Activate Password Policy is fully integrated with all Activate Password Reset mechanisms (Web, Windows Client and External User Portal). Users are given detailed information on current policies and reasons for failures

Pass Phrases

Pass Phrases are proven to be more secure than smaller Passwords. Activate encourages users to use Pass Phrases by enabling different rules based on the length of the Password

Advanced Dictionary Rules

A new Password can be checked against a list of dictionary words to prevent simple Passwords. The system will automatically strip out simple substitutions such as putting a number in the middle of the word

Detailed Feature Summary

  • Simple User Interface

    The system makes it easy for users to choose the right Password by informing them of the exact rules that apply to their new Password. Also, in the event that the new Password does not meet the rules, Activate will inform the user exactly why the Password is not acceptable
  • Multiple Policies

    Policies can be configured to include all users in an OU or Active Directory Group (AD). They can also be configured to exclude users in an OU or specific AD Group. For example, a policy could apply to all users in an OU except for Domain Admins
  • Password Policy Rules

    The Activate Password Policy Manager provides a highly sophisticated and configurable rule engine that makes it easy to enforce just about any Password Policy. Possible rules include repeating characters, user name rules, complexity rules and many more. Rules include:
    • Minimum Password Length
    • Checks to exclude part of the user's name
    • Advanced Complexity Rules
    • Limiting Repeating Characters
    • Dictionary Checks
    • Pass Phrases
  • Pass Phrases

    Activate Password Policy Manager encourages users to choose Pass Phrases over shorter less secure passwords. Activate Password Policy Manager makes it easy to relax rules for longer passwords
  • Group Policy Deployment

    Activate Password Policy Manager polices can be deployed to all Domain Controllers using Group Policy or other deployment tools. Changes to Password Policies can be automatically deployed and updated