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Chapter 16. Networking > Controlling File Access

Controlling File Access

By giving you the options to set a mix of passwords and group definitions, FileMaker lets you precisely control who can access files on your network. Be careful to not overdo security, however. The first time users can't get to something they need because of a password restriction, you'll hear about it and they won't be happy. Obviously you may need to control access to sensitive records, such as personnel and cost data. But in general, it's better to add passwords as you need them than to set up a security maze from the start. If you're the only one using a database or you're working in a very small group, you may not even need to set passwords.

Passwords should be relatively easy to remember but not so obvious that people outside the group can easily figure them out. The most secure passwords are a random mix of letters and numbers, but these passwords can be very hard to remember. Ultimately, security vs. ease of use requires a balancing act determined by your group's particular needs.


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