Sep 14 2015

New Feature: Improved On-Premise Password Security

If you're the system administrator for a Deskpro On-Premise installation, you'll naturally take the security of your helpdesk very seriously. 

Deskpro uses a one-way hashing function to store all user, agent and admin account passwords. This means that the real passwords aren't ever stored in the database at all: just a mathematical 'fingerprint' that can be used to confirm the right password was entered, but can't be used to reconstruct it (short of spending decades crunching numbers on a supercomputer).

So even if some wrong-doers get hold of your database backups, they can't get anyone's password.

However, Deskpro can't use this hash technique to protect the passwords for your ticket email accounts. Your helpdesk has to provide the real password to your mail server or provider so it can download emails.

We've added a new option to the next version of Deskpro On-Premise which provides more security for your email account passwords.

In the new Server > Encryption section in the admin interface, you'll see an option to encrypt the stored passwords. The details are all explained there, but the up-shot is that this prevents anyone reading the passwords from the database or a backup.

 

 

On-Premise admins, update your helpdesk to the new version now to get this feature. (Cloud users, as always, don't have to worry about technical details like this - the way Cloud handles email access means it doesn't store your passwords).

For more information about the improved password security feature, see the Sysadmin manual.

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