Subject Re: encryption
From Charlie <>
Date Sat, 03 Feb 2024 09:26:09 -0500
Newsgroups dbase.getting-started

Hmmm..  I failed to mention that the program and data are only going to be housed on a local computer.  I want the password to protect someone from breaking into the program and/or somehow encrypt the data.  If there is another way to accomplish that, can you give me a hint as to where I might find info ?  

Ken Mayer Wrote:

> On 2/1/2024 7:37 AM, Mervyn Bick wrote:
> > On 2024/02/01 17:00, Charlie wrote:
> >> Hi...   Any thoughts on encrypting files after the user has set a
> >> password?  I am familiar with the password mask but not sure how to
> >> encrypt a file securely.  Thanks for any suggestions.
> >
> > The password mask allows a user to type in a password without anyone
> > being able to read it off the screen.  It is usually used in conjunction
> > with giving access to the actual program and would use user names and
> > passwords kept in a table.
> >
> > Encrypting files is a whole new ballgame.
> >
> > You have Ken's books so read up on the PROTECT command.
> >
> > Remember, once you have set a password THERE IS NO WAY TO GET IT BACK if
> > you forget it.  Write it down immediately and lock it away where you
> > will always be able to find it.  If you forget the password your data IS
> >
> > If you have sensitive data you want to keep from prying eyes you would
> > probably do better to move it to a SQL server where you wold have much
> > better security than dBASE can offer.
> Mervyn has pretty much enumerated every reason not to use PROTECT. There
> are better ways to handle it ...
> Ken
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