Are there any plans to provide a Logon Authentication Front-end to Quicken?

It seems too easy to find access to Windows laptops these days. Is the Quicken Database Password the only way to avoid illegal entry into the software?

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  • Boatnmaniac
    Boatnmaniac SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 2023 Answer ✓
    There are several things we can do to help improve upon our computer's and Quicken's security.  Each of these things makes it harder for bad actors to access/compromise our systems and the Quicken data file:
    • Require a MS PIN (or PW if you have pre-Win 10) in order to gain access to your Windows.
    • Require use of a PW to wake up Windows from Sleep mode.
    • Shut down the computer when you will not be using it for a while.
    • Install additional anti-malware programs (such as, ad blockers, anti-key logging, browser protection, anti-ransomware, etc.).
    • Install HTTPS Everywhere browser add-on.  This can be set up to block access to sites that have only HTTP and not HTTPS compatibility.  HTTPS is much more secure than HTTP.
    • Make sure you are using a Firewall and have it set to a higher level of security.
    • Make sure your Wifi network is private and PW protected.
    • Use a VPN....especially when using a public Wifi.  Or better, yet, never use Quicken when using a public Wifi.
    Oh, and make sure the data file PW is complex enough so it can't be easily cracked.  A good site to use to check on the relative security of PWs is https://www.security.org/how-secure-is-my-password/.  If it shows a PW is calculated to be crackable in hours, days, weeks, months or just a few years, then the PW is too weak and should be strengthened so the calculation shows it won't be crackable for at least hundreds.  (The calculations should not be viewed as literal.  The times to crack a code should be viewed only as relative indications of how secure they are.)

    (Quicken Classic Premier Subscription: R54.16 on Windows 11)

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  • NotACPA
    NotACPA SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    How about simply applying password protection to the laptop itself?

    Q user since February, 1990. DOS Version 4
    Now running Quicken Windows Subscription, Business & Personal
    Retired "Certified Information Systems Auditor" & Bank Audit VP

  • Boatnmaniac
    Boatnmaniac SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 2023 Answer ✓
    There are several things we can do to help improve upon our computer's and Quicken's security.  Each of these things makes it harder for bad actors to access/compromise our systems and the Quicken data file:
    • Require a MS PIN (or PW if you have pre-Win 10) in order to gain access to your Windows.
    • Require use of a PW to wake up Windows from Sleep mode.
    • Shut down the computer when you will not be using it for a while.
    • Install additional anti-malware programs (such as, ad blockers, anti-key logging, browser protection, anti-ransomware, etc.).
    • Install HTTPS Everywhere browser add-on.  This can be set up to block access to sites that have only HTTP and not HTTPS compatibility.  HTTPS is much more secure than HTTP.
    • Make sure you are using a Firewall and have it set to a higher level of security.
    • Make sure your Wifi network is private and PW protected.
    • Use a VPN....especially when using a public Wifi.  Or better, yet, never use Quicken when using a public Wifi.
    Oh, and make sure the data file PW is complex enough so it can't be easily cracked.  A good site to use to check on the relative security of PWs is https://www.security.org/how-secure-is-my-password/.  If it shows a PW is calculated to be crackable in hours, days, weeks, months or just a few years, then the PW is too weak and should be strengthened so the calculation shows it won't be crackable for at least hundreds.  (The calculations should not be viewed as literal.  The times to crack a code should be viewed only as relative indications of how secure they are.)

    (Quicken Classic Premier Subscription: R54.16 on Windows 11)

  • Thank you!!
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