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MoneyWiz allows you to set up a 4-digit PIN password code that prevents other people from launching MoneyWiz while using your device. You can also use Touch and Face ID to speed up the process.
A PIN is a 4-digit code that you enter every time you start MoneyWiz or depending on your settings after a certain time has passed. The options you have to choose from are:
- After 1 minute
- After 5 minutes
- After 10 minutes
- After 15 minutes
- After 30 minutes
- After 60 minutes
By default the app is set to request PIN immediately, which is the most protective option.
Enabling PIN protection
If you are using MoneyWiz on multiple devices, you need to enable your PIN code on just one – the new protection setting will sync to other devices automatically. Read below on how to enable the PIN code from a particular device and then read on to see more specific information regarding each platform and PIN protection.
- On Mac find PIN Protection menu bar at the top of the screen -> Enable PIN protection and enter 4-digit code.
- On Windows go to MoneyWiz Settings -> General -> Enable PIN protection and enter 4-digit code.
You can also set MoneyWiz to erase your local data if the PIN has been entered incorrectly a couple of times. Please note that if incorrect PIN is entered a specified number of times and the data is erased, only the local data is deleted and your SYNCbits data (if you have an account) is still available for you to use.
macOS and Windows
Please, note that the timeout option that you set from a Desktop device does not sync across your devices – it’s kept only as a local setting. This way you can have your mobile devices set to request PIN immediately and your Mac set to request it after 15 minutes of inactivity as your desktop computers might be less likely to be accidentally accessed by someone.
As soon as the MoneyWiz window loses focus it starts counting down the time and it will request PIN if you return to the app after the timeout has passed.
If you quit the app, the next time you start it, it will request PIN immediately, regardless of what the timeout is.
The timeout is only relevant when you keep the app running (also minimized or on another desktop).
Changing the PIN
You can always change your PIN and this will affect all of your other devices. If your device is lost or stolen, change the PIN from any other device. This way your data will stay protected as the app will start requesting the new PIN.