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Last update: 2022-04-14

Password policies configuration (Android device policy)

With the Password policies configuration you define requirements for the display lock password.

Note

The settings supported may depend on the version of the operating system or on other device features. This is indicated by blue labels in Sophos Mobile Admin.

Password type

In the Password type list, select the type of password users are allowed to configure.

Setting Description
Pattern, PIN or password Users must set a screen lock. They can choose a type Pattern, PIN or Password screen lock.

No additional restrictions are imposed.

Simple password Users must set a Password screen lock. Digits are allowed, but the password must contain at least one letter.

You can define a minimum length. See the following table.

PIN or password Users must set a PIN or Password screen lock.

You can define a minimum length. See the following table.

Alphanumeric password Users must set a Password screen lock. The password must contain both letters and digits.

You can define a minimum length. See the following table.

Complex password Users must set a Password screen lock. The password must contain both letters and digits.

You can define a minimum length and a minimum number of digits, lowercase and uppercase letters and special characters. See the following two tables.

If you select Simple password, PIN or password, Alphanumeric password or Complex password, the following fields are displayed:

Setting Description
Minimum password length The minimum number of characters a password must contain.
Maximum idle time before password prompt The time after the device is locked if it has not been used. The device can be unlocked by entering the password.

The device might impose a shorter time period than what you configure here.

Maximum password age in days Requires users to change their password in the specified interval.

Value range: 0 (no password change required) to 730 days.

Maximum sign-in attempts The device is wiped after this number of incorrect sign-in attempts.
Password history The number of previously used passwords Sophos Mobile stores.

When the user sets a new password, it mustn’t match a password that was already used.

If you select Complex password, the following additional fields are displayed:

Setting Description
Minimum number of letters The minimum number of letters a password must contain.
Minimum number of lowercase letters The minimum number of lowercase letters a password must contain.
Minimum number of uppercase letters The minimum number of uppercase letters a password must contain.
Minimum number of non-alphabetic characters The minimum number of non-alphabetic characters (for example & or !) a password must contain.
Minimum number of digits The minimum number of numerals a password must contain.
Minimum number of special characters The minimum number of special characters (for example !"§$%&/()=,.-;:_@<>) a password must contain.

Biometric authentication

Setting Description
Allow fingerprint authentication If supported by the device, the user can use fingerprint authentication to unlock the device.
Allow iris authentication If supported by the device, the user can use iris authentication to unlock the device.
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