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Summary

In this hour, you saw how to use FileMaker networking to share databases. In this scenario, both host and client use copies of FileMaker Pro. (Hour 22 shows you how to use a browser as a client.)

You need to configure your firewall to allow FileMaker sharing. This can be as simple as checking a box, but it also can require discussions with a network administrator if your firewall is on the network rather than your own computer. Critically important is the possibility that you may be connected to the Internet and not have a firewall installed. To make it as simple as possible for people to connect to the Internet, many firewall products are shipped but not enabled. This has turned out to leave the door wide open to all sorts of malicious acts. Even if you have no intention of ever sharing a FileMaker database, you should use the firewall section to make sure that you do have some protection.


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