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  1. #1
    Phil Danz

    Default Encryption?

    Is there a way to use a password to keep others from getting to my database?

    I have valuable data that I would like to protect.

    Phil Danz

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    "Certified" Alphaholic
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    Tom Cone Jr
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    Apr 2000

    Default RE: Encryption?


    There's no way that I know of to embed a password in the data tables themselves. The DBF format is widely known and tables can be opened by almost any wordprocessor or spreadsheet program. To protect valuable data you will need to encrypt it before it's stored in the DBF. That way when the table is opened with other tools all they see is the encrypted equivalents of the real data.

    -- tom

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    Former Alpha Employee JerryBrightbill's Avatar
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    Jerry Brightbill
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    Apr 2000

    Default RE: Encryption?

    While Tom is technically correct, there are ways to save information in a table data dictionary or in a script. While it can be done in A5V4 with some coding, why not move up to A5V5? Password protection is built in, as well as a very secure encryption method. It is very simple to password protect a database and encrypt the data at the same time.


  4. #4
    Phil Danz

    Default RE: Encryption?

    Thank you very much to you and Tom for the advise. Going to A5V5 seems the way to go.
    I will look for someone in the Sacramento, CA area who knows the software well to help me.

    Phil Danz

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