Category Archives: Security

SSL Certificates with FileMaker 15: Part I

secure data pipes with SSL; photo by Lon Cook
lock down your data pipes with SSL; photo by Lon Cook
Intro: SSL Basics

SSL certificates are a very common way to secure client/server network connections, and the FileMaker platform has made use of them for many years. With version 15 however, FileMaker has made a number of security changes, in handling SSL and certificates, on both the server and the clients. But where do they come into play, and how might this affect your deployments?

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Mask Data with Concealed Edit Boxes in FileMaker 15

photo by Lon Cook
what happens in FileMaker, stays in FileMaker; photo by Lon Cook

Solving an Old Problem

When you consider how to keep information safe, you might first imagine a team of hackers in a dank basement typing and clicking their way into your bank account. You might not think immediately of physical security, though it is an older and real concern. Even when your data is stored securely on a computer, Jenny or James from Accounting (no offense, Accounting Department) can walk behind you and see the credit card number you are typing in. The person who just ordered a latte at Starbucks could steal a glance at your iPad or iPhone and see someone’s salary. Fortunately, FileMaker 15 offers a quick solution to this problem, with the “Concealed edit box” option for fields.

Concealed Edit Box 4
A new control style helps hide important data.

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