Password Vault / Master Password

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28 Nov, 2011 03:54 AM

I would really like to see a simple "master password" feature where I could simply type in a single PIN and all accounts would be downloaded automatically (i.e., MoneyDance would remember my passwords). Currently I have 5 accounts so it's a bit of a pain every time I want to reconcile.


  1. 1 Posted by james f on 28 Nov, 2011 04:33 AM

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    In order to accomplish what you would like to do, you must encrypt your Moneydance data file. However, once you encrypt your data file, there is no turning back. Also, if you should ever forget the password, there will be no way of retrieving your information.

    To encrypt your data file, do the following:
    1. Open Moneydance
    2. Choose "File"
    3. Choose "Encryption"
    3. Select "Encrypt Data File"
    4. Fill in the blanks
    5. Select "Store Online Passwords in File"

  2. 2 Posted by -Kevin N. on 29 Nov, 2011 05:40 PM

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    Hi James,

    However, once you encrypt your data file, there is no turning back.

    I'm not sure that that's accurate. I could be mistaken but wouldn't un-checking the option to 'Encrypt Data File'' decrypt the data file going forward?

    -Kevin N.

  3. 3 Posted by james f on 29 Nov, 2011 06:55 PM

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    My experience, it didn't decrypt. It would be nice if it did though.

  4. 4 Posted by -Kevin N. on 29 Nov, 2011 07:01 PM

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  5. 5 Posted by Jessica Little on 29 Nov, 2011 07:49 PM

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    Hi James,

    That's odd. I've definitely been able to decrypt a data file by simply unchecking the encryption option and then saving the file. if that doesn't work, it's definitely a bug. Could you provide steps to reproduce the issue (maybe in a new discussion, so as not to clutter up this one).

    Jessica Little
    Moneydance Support

  6. 6 Posted by -Kevin N. on 29 Nov, 2011 09:04 PM

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    Hi Jessica,
    I can not reproduce James' findings.
    Un-checking 'Encrypt Data File' and saving the changes did indeed decrypt the file in the following environment.
    Moneydance 2011r2 (804)
    OS: Windows Vista 6.0 x86
    Java: 1.6.0_29 (Sun Microsystems Inc.)
    I recind my 'Yikes!'.
    -Kevin N.

  7. 7 Posted by james f on 30 Nov, 2011 01:09 AM

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    What happened to me was a long time ago, relatively speaking. Don't worry about it.

  8. 8 Posted by me on 03 Dec, 2011 09:59 PM

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    @James -- Thanks for the response. Just gave it a try and worked like a charm.
    @Jessica -- To advertise this "hidden" feature, maybe there could be a short text tip inside the dialog that asks for the download password. Just an idea.

  9. 9 Posted by Jessica Little on 04 Dec, 2011 04:49 PM

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    That's a good idea. I'll file a suggestion ticket to our bug tracker.

    Jessica Little
    Moneydance Support

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