FileMaker 15 Security Enhancements
FileMaker has done it again. They are constantly improving the security features of the FileMaker platform to better serve its users. Now that FileMaker 15 has arrived lets review those changes.
Pro / Pro Advanced 15 Features
First a new warning will appear whenever a connection is made to a hosted file and the connection cannot be validated. This mainly applies to deployments of server that are using the self-signed certificate when SSL is first enabled. FileMaker has always been clear with their message: the self-signed certificate is for testing and development only. If you don’t wish to see this notification and need SSL enabled a signed certificate is the best way to remove it. Servers that have a regular (custom) certificate or have SSL disabled will never display this message. Keep reading to see how FileMaker Server 15 has improved this process.
One alternative is to check the “Always permit connection to this host”. This will then add the server as a permitted host in your FileMaker Preferences.
The Data Viewer has been updated; in the past users with FileMaker Pro Advanced could gain access to any information in your application. No more! Now a full access account is required to use this feature. Certainly a welcome change that matches the Script Debugger and Current tab of the data viewer itself.
Just like its desktop counterpart, FileMaker Go will warn you when trying to connect to servers/files that are not secure.
The Always Permit Connection is a welcome feature. Users will likely be familiar with this concept from browsing websites. Just like on Pro users can manage their list of permitted hosts directly within FM Go.
Keep In Mind
- Extended Privileges – To prevent Applescript or ActiveX from performing FileMaker scripts, use the new fmscriptdisabled extended privilege.
- FMS SSL Certificate – You will still need to use the command line/terminal to delete a custom certificate.
- FileMaker Go – You can now log in to your application using Touch ID.
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With all the focus on protecting data these days, it is nice to see FileMaker’s continued improvement in the security realm. I know this developer will be pushing more clients to use FileMaker 15’s new security features, including custom SSL certificates, ensuring a smooth deployment.
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