Tidbits On FileMaker 11 Security Changes

From Dwayne Wright PMP
Certified FileMaker Developer

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The first thing you may notice that has changed is that FileMaker has renamed the menu options for the security settings. FileMaker does this sometimes when they tweak the functionality in an area. This is one of the aspects of each upgrade of which I’m no big fan. This is because any previously created documentation is going to confuse users because of a mildly different name change. In the security area, they rename Manage - Accounts & Privileges menu to a more simplified Manage Security.

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The name change does make sense however because the new security dialog box does more than account and privilege set options. A new area has been added titled File Access. The premise is from solutions that comprise of multiple FileMaker files. Using this new feature, you can grant or deny access from another file to access tables, scripts, and value lists in the current file.

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You can also require that the database cannot be opened from another file that is running on a version previous to FileMaker 11.

This is a pretty obscure security setting and I’m not sure I will ever have the occasion to use it in the real world. Because of this, I don’t think I’ll dive into the nuts and bolts of how it works (unless I decide if I’m going to attain FileMaker 11 certification).
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