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Db is bound and secure by another

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  • Db is bound and secure by another

    I am trying to explore the security of Alpha. I have some sample from a Thread that gave 3 samples LOGIN1 LOGIN2 LOGIN3
    one gave the name and password in text. the others did not. so I copied the users files and installed in another sample. I could read the data in one of the login sample.
    The third is very good. It gives the message DB IS BOUND AND SECURE BY ANOTHER DATABASE.

    How is this accomplish?

    Is this the best way to secure the access to alpha?

    How to prevent a copy of the user dbf files to be open by another program or another ALPHA application?

  • #2
    Re: Db is bound and secure by another

    Mike, I'm not following you, but there have been several posts on DBF security (in this and other Alpha forums). The native DBF table format is widely understood and many, many software programs can read DBF data. Even most modern word processors. If you need to prevent access by external programs you must encrypt the data.


    • #3
      Re: Db is bound and secure by another

      In my learning process I found the login DB sample that is not accessible, I think is from TOMC, I assume that is from you.
      You must have encrypted it.

      How do you encrypt a db? Is it by:

      Using a master password and once it is set then proceed to encrypt the tables.

      I am reading about compiling libraries. Compiling them will secure even further?

      Any thing else is required?


      • #4
        Re: Db is bound and secure by another


        There is a whole section of the user guide dealing with Security and Encryption. How about reading that and then asking specific questions if you still have them.
        There can be only one.


        • #5
          Re: Db is bound and secure by another

          That is where I am right now. I was trying to define the error mentioned in my first post, while exploring the samples.


          • #6
            Re: Db is bound and secure by another

            Mike, I suggest you slow down. Your posts assume we know what you are doing, looking at and even thinking... and frankly, we're not that good. Do you have specific problems? Can you tell us what they are? Asking how to encrypt a db is not a specific problem, and is covered thoroughly in the helps. Asking about a specific database that is not available to us doesn't get it either. We don't know where you got it, or what you're doing with it. Saying you "have a sample" that you got from a message board thread isn't nearly specific enough. You can't seriously expect us to know what the heck you're talking about with what you've posted thus far.


            • #7
              Re: Db is bound and secure by another

              Once a database has had security set, you can not attach the tables to another database. That is why you are getting the "DB IS BOUND AND SECURE BY ANOTHER DATABASE" error message. You will need to go to the original database, remove the security then you will be able to add that table to a new database.


              • #8
                Re: Db is bound and secure by another

                Originally posted by Tom Cone Jr View Post
                .. and frankly, we're not that good.
                Wrong Sir. You guys are good! You have demostrated it, over and over.

                I apologize if I gave a wrong impression. I was only trying to get an idea how secure is alpha. In that process I encounter that error, so I did ask.

                Here are the samples, I was tring to learn from.

                PS: I have the most profound gratitude to all you who has help me in the past few months.