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Operator Security

The Operator Security section of the Operator form controls access levels and other security settings pertaining to this operator.

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Operator Security tab

tip.gif Several of these settings may be used to easily and effectively restrict access to your accounts using methods described in Help topic, Account Access Control.

These and other available settings are explained below.

ID

This is the short identification code assigned to the Operator or Sales Team. This ID is used to set every parameter in Collect! that relates to the operator. The ID that you choose for each Operator must be UNIQUE.

If you are using Sales Team functions then you should assign distinct ID codes to sales teams. It is suggested that you use codes that clearly designate Sales Team IDs as different from your individual Operator IDs.

tip.gif You cannot use "System" or "Admin" for your ID. These are reserved words.

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Group ID

This is a user-defined field where you can select an ID from the Operator pick list. This enables you to group Operators for your own purposes. This is a loosely organized group with no automatic functionality. You can use it to track performance, calculate commissions or set other options. To use this field in a report, you can use WHERE (@os.gi = {myID}) to find all members of the group. Please refer to Help topic, Operator Group for details about creating a more formal group of operators with added functionality.

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Password

This is the password used when the Operator signs on to the system. Passwords can be the same among a group of users. This field is ignored for Sales Team definitions.

The Password may be up to 21 characters and/or numbers. Passwords are case-sensitive.

When creating a new operator, Collect! prompts about entering a password if you attempt to leave the form without creating a password.

tip.gif You cannot use the reserved ID "system" or "admin". Also, you cannot use a password of ******** ( 8 asterisks).

If an error occurs when you create a Password, you will be sent back to the Operator form to correct the error. You can still leave the Operator without correcting the error by pressing ESC on your keyboard.

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User Level

This is the level of the User. This can range from a Junior Collector with very limited access rights, to a System Manager who has complete control over Collect! Press F2 when you are in this field, or select the down arrow next to the field. Either way, the list of User levels is displayed for you to make a choice. You can create your own User levels with their own set of rights. This field is ignored for Sales Team definitions.

tip.gif It is recommended that you use the predefined User Levels provided by Collect! and modify them if needed. You should have a good idea of the rights of each Level before you assign a Level to your Operators.

tip.gif You should only use User Level 99 for administrative purposes. Assigning a User Level 99 may result in losing functionality that relies on Collect!'s access rights system.

tip.gif The value in this field may be used in contact plans to trigger events based on the Debtor Operator's User Level. Please refer to Help topic, Schedule If User Level for details.

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Security

When this switch is ON, Collect! will allow this operator to access accounts which you have restricted, either through the Debtor Detail form or through the other security settings available in Operator Security. You can customize this further using the 'Strict' switch below this check box.

Please see Account Access Control for instructions on using this feature.

tip.gif You cannot switch OFF 'Security' if you have switched ON 'Strict' as 'Strict' can only be applied to accounts when 'Security' is switched ON. If you want to switch OFF 'Security', remove the check mark from 'Strict' and then you can remove the check mark from 'Security'.

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Strict

This switch controls whether or not restricted accounts appear to the operator. When this switch is ON, this operator cannot see any accounts which they do not have access to. The accounts are completely invisible to the operator, even when browsing or printing a report.

When this is switched OFF, this operator will be allowed limited, read-only access to these restricted accounts.

tip.gif When you switch ON 'Strict', the 'Security' check box above it will be marked automatically as 'Strict' can only be applied to accounts when 'Security' is switched ON.

Please see Account Access Control for instructions on using this feature.

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Locked Out By Default

When you have 'Security' switched ON, you can switch this ON to lock out this operator from all accounts in your database. This is a comprehensive way to apply account access control without having to set each account.

tip.gif Only accounts that have this Operator ID in the Debtor Operator or Sales field will be able visible to the operator. If you want to grant access to other individual accounts to this operator, put the operator's ID in the Debtor Detail Clerk or Access field or put in a Team ID that this operator belongs to.

This setting can be further enhanced with the use of the 'Strict' setting. Please see Account Access Control for instructions on using this feature.

This setting is ignored if the Operator Type is CLIENT.

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Client #

Use this field to restrict this Operator to only view accounts for this particular Client. Only the accounts for this Client # will be accessible to the Operator.

tip.gif This is tied into a hierarchical client ownership system. If the Client # you enter here owns other clients, they will also be visible to this particular operator through the Browse Debtors and Find By menus. All other accounts will not be visible.

This setting is ignored if the Operator Type is CLIENT. In that case, you MUST enter the Client # in the field beneath the field labeled 'Actual' in the top part of the Operator form.

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Apply To Client Accounts

Switch ON this setting if you want to enable this Operator to view Client accounts while restricting access to only the Client # you have set, or any Clients owned by the Client # you have set.

tip.gif This is useful for your Sales Operators. It enables them to view and edit the Client accounts you want them to see. When you combine this with Client Hierarchy, you can set up a very nice working environment while ensuring proper restrictions.

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Enable Verification

Switch this ON to prompt operators to confirm important information before they exit a form. This is a very useful feature for confirming data or simply to make sure the operator has important information that you need.

There are a few steps necessary to set up this procedure. Please refer to Help topic, Prompt To Verify Field On Exiting A Form for details. This will explain how to proceed with verification on the field of your choice.

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Allow Browser Signon

Switch this ON to allow this operator to access Collect! over the Internet using Collect!'s Web Host.

tip.gif This switch works with the Web Data Entry feature. It has no effect on the use of Collect! in ordinary network setups.

Please refer to Web Host for more information.

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Password Never Expires

If you set a number of days globally in the 'Renew password every' field in the Password Settings form (accessible through the System menu, Rights option, at the top of Collect!) then operators will be prompted to renew their passwords. Switch ON 'Password never expires' with a check mark to avoid the system prompting the user to renew the password.

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Must Change Password Next Logon

Switch this ON with a check mark to force the user to change their password the next time they sign into Collect!.

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Account Is Disabled

When you switch this ON with a check mark, the operator will not be allowed to sign into Collect! A message will be displayed informing the operator of this with a suggestion to contact the system administrator.

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Account Is Locked Out

You can enable this switch with a check mark to lock a user out of your system. They will not be able to sign in at all. To re-enable the account so that the user can sign in, clear the check mark from this field.

If you set a number of tries in the 'Lock out after' field in the Password Settings form, this will set a limit to the number of signon attempts Collect! will allow a user. When a user has entered too many incorrect passwords, this switch will become enabled and they will not be able to sign in at all. To re-enable the account so that the user may sign in, clear the check mark from this field.

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Show Passwords

Switch this ON to unhide Operator Passwords. The effect is immediate. Once you have switched ON Show Passwords, you can navigate through the list of Operators and all the Passwords will be visible.

The "Show passwords" switch is visible only if you are signed in at User Level 99. It works only for User Level 99, for security reasons. No other level can unhide or view Operator Passwords.

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Allow Local File Copies

Switch this ON to automatically store printed files locally. Operators with the switch ON will be able to print documents to a local My Collect! Documents folder inside the My Documents folder of the currently logged on Windows user.

tip.gif You are making local copies of files on operators' machines. Debtor or client data may be stored in these documents. If you are a high security company and cannot store data off the server, don't use this switch.

Because the files are local, this preserves your single socket connection to the server. Operators with this switch ON will be able to print documents even through the CV11Client executable.

This switch has no effect on HTML files, because these files may have external dependencies.

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Log Viewed Accounts

Switch this ON to log account activity to the Application Log. Every account that this operator views will be written to the log with a date/time stamp.

Collect! considers as "Viewed" opening the Debtor form and any part. Creating or modifying Contacts and Attachments are recorded as "Viewed" as well.

Please refer to Help topic, Collect! Log Viewer for more information about the Application Log.

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Log Modified Accounts

Switch this ON to log account activity to the Application Log. Every account that this operator modifies will be written to the log with a date/time stamp.

Collect! considers as "modified" any change to the actual Debtor form, the creation or modification of Notes, Cosigners, Transactions, Debtor Detail and the Misc tab. Also, any changes to the Credit Report Details tab.

tip.gif Creating or modifying Contacts and Attachments from the Debtor are not considered as modifying the Debtor. However, this logged as "Viewed" because the Debtor form is open.

Please refer to Help topic, Collect! Log Viewer for more information about the Application Log.

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Enable Secure Socket Layer

Switch this on to enable SSL automatically when a Web Host operator logs into Collect!. This setting is used with the following two settings to determine how the SSL will be used.

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Stunnel Socket Wrapper

When this setting is chosen, Collect! automatically starts the Web Host with the /W1s argument. This must be used with a third party SSL utility.

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Internal Collect! SSL

When this setting is chosen, Collect! automatically starts the Web Host with the /W1ss argument. This uses the internal SSL functionality of Collect!. No external utilities are needed. Collect! will use Port 443 for HTTPS by default, or you can set a different port using the /y argument.

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Web Host Xml Data Pump

This setting allows a user to pipe data directly into Collect! using XML. The Operator Type must be Web Host to use this feature. Collect! automatically starts Web Host with the /W3 argument. Use with Trusted Hosts to add a layer of security. Please refer to Help topic, Web Host XML Data Pump for more information.

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Deny Multiple Signon

Switch this ON with a check mark to restrict this Operator to signing into only one instance of Collect! at any given time.

When this switch is ON and the Operator attempts to sign on more than once, this will generate an error message. The event will be written to the Application Log and Collect! will shut down.

tip.gif This evaluation takes place during the opening of a database when Collect! retrieves the Operator record.

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See Also

- Operator

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