The new version of FileMaker 13 has added database encryption to its ever-growing list of features. Anyone familiar with HIPAA is likely already familiar with encryption of data at rest. However, this feature will be beneficial to everyone and I see no reason not to take full advantage of it. Note: Encryption requires FileMaker Pro Advanced to set up.
To set up encryption, fire up FileMaker Pro Advanced and launch the Developer Utilities. Add the file(s) that you wish encrypt, then under Solution Options select Specify, and choose Enable Database Encryption from the Solution Options. You will need to specify a FileMaker Account with Full Access privileges for the file(s).
Next, enter an encryption password and password hint, if you wish. Don’t lose this password! Close the Solution Options window and click Create.
Congratulations! Your database is now encrypted at rest!
In order to open any of the databases, you will be required to first enter the encryption password.
You also have the option to Remove Database Encryption. The process to remove encryption is just as straight-forward as adding it: Simply provide an account with full access credentials and the encryption password to reverse the process.
Encryption is a great new feature that gives you another level of security beyond a login. The files still appear as .fmp12 files, but require the encryption password to access.
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Michael is a FileMaker Certified Developer who joins DB Services with nearly a decade of experience as an Information Technology Manager in the printing industry. Originally from San Diego, he moved to Iowa during his teens and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Management Information Systems from Iowa State University.