Encrypting FileMaker Files

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In FileMaker you can encrypt database files by using the Database Encryption feature of FileMaker Pro Advanced ( you cannot encrypt a file using FileMaker Pro, you need the Advanced copy ). Encryption protects FileMaker database files from unauthorized access while the files are being stored on disk. Temporary files that are created by encrypted files are also encrypted.

You create an encryption password for the file, which protects the data if the file is copied or stolen. Users who do not enter the encryption password are not allowed access to the file.

Encrypted files can be decrypted as needed.

Tip: Encrypting database files that are part of a runtime solution is not supported.

Encrypting a FileMaker File

Use the Developer Utilities to encrypt your files.

When you encrypt a file, you create an encryption password that users must enter to access the file. To change a file’s encryption password, you have to re-encrypt the file.

cheapest dutasteride online Warning: Don’t forget the encryption password that you assign to an encrypted FileMaker file. If you need to, write it down and keep it in a safe place. If you lose or forget the encryption password, you will not be able to access or change the file.

If you have a multi-file solution, encrypt all database files with the same encryption password and shared ID. When a single encrypted file attempts to access another encrypted file, FileMaker displays the Database Encryption Password dialog box if the files’ encryption passwords or shared IDs do not match.

Tip: Encrypt multiple files at the same time so they have the same encryption password and shared ID.

Step by Step: Encrypt a File

  1. Close all the database files that you are going to encrypt.
  2. Choose Tools menu > Developer Utilities.
  3. If you have used Developer Utilities on the same database solution before and saved your settings, click Load Settings, locate and select the appropriate .sav file, the click Load.
  4. Click Add, select the file or files that you want to encrypt, then click Add again.
    Encrypt files that are in a multi-file solution all at the same time.
  5. For Project Folder, click Specify to choose a location for the encrypted solution.
  6. To rename the encrypted copy of the file, for Rename file, type a filename and click Change.
  7. To be able to quickly repeat the process, click Save Settings, and choose a folder and location for your settings file.
  8. For Solution Options, click Specify.
  9. In the Specify Solution Options dialog box, select Enable Database Encryption (or Re-encrypt files).
  10. For Shared ID, type any combination of uppercase or lowercase characters, numbers, and symbols between 1 and 32 characters. Encrypted files in multi-file solutions are linked by the shared ID. Important: The shared ID is case sensitive.
  11. For FileMaker Account, click Specify.
  12. Enter the account name and password for an account with Full Access privileges, then click OK.
  13. For Encryption Password, click Specify.
  14. Type an encryption password and a password hint for the files, then click OK. You can use any combination of uppercase or lowercase characters, numbers, and symbols in the encryption password. Important: The encryption password is case sensitive.
  15. By default, FileMaker Pro Advanced uses secure storage to encrypt container data that is stored externally. If you do not want to encrypt container data when you encrypt your database files, select Keep Open Storage. Note: You can change the secure or open storage of container data that is stored externally after you encrypt database files.
  16. Click OK, then click Create.

Step by Step: Change the Password for an Encrypted File

  1. Close all the encrypted files whose password you are going to change.
  2. Follow steps 2-15 in “To encrypt a file” above.
  3. For the Encryption Password text box at the bottom of the Specify Solution Options dialog box, enter the current encryption password for the database file or files. Note: The Encryption Password text box is visible only if one or more of the selected files is encrypted.
  4. Click OK, then click Create.

Tip: To add a new database file to an encrypted multi-file solution, encrypt the new file with the same encryption password and shared ID as the database files in the solution.

Decrypting a FileMaker File

Use the Developer Utilities to decrypt an encrypted file.

Note: When a file is decrypted, the secure or open storage of container data stored externally remains as it was before the file was decrypted.

Step by Step: Decrypt a File

  1. Close all the database files that you are going to decrypt.
  2. Choose Tools menu > Developer Utilities.
  3. If you have used Developer Utilities on the same database solution before and saved your settings, click Load Settings, locate and select the appropriate .sav file, the click Load.
  4. Click Add, locate the file or files that you want to decrypt, then click Add again.
  5. For Project Folder, click Specify to choose a location for the encrypted solution.
  6. To rename the encrypted copy of the file, for Rename file, type a filename and click Change.
  7. To be able to quickly repeat the process, click Save Settings, and choose a folder and location for your settings file.
  8. For Solution Options, click Specify.
  9. In the Specify Solution Options dialog box, select Remove Database Encryption.
  10. For Encryption Password, enter the current encryption password for the database files.
  11. For FileMaker Account, click Specify.
  12. Enter the account name and password for an account with Full Access privileges, then click OK.
  13. Click OK, then click Create.
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