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How do you encrypt foxpro database files ?

How do you encrypt foxpro database files ?

Other than moving to SQL Server, are there any utilities available to encrypt Foxpro database files.

RE: How do you encrypt foxpro database files ?

There is no native protection that I am aware of.  I researched it a few years ago and there were several add-ons available for $$.  I wrote my own cypher system once... but ultimately it was more trouble then the marginal security it provided me.  (Not to mention the performance hit...)

Perhaps someone else will no better.


What your mother told you is true! You will go blind! (from moonshine anyway)

RE: How do you encrypt foxpro database files ?

I've written a routine several years ago that uses SYS(15) to do very basic character-for-character encryption.  Its pretty straightforward, but keep in mind there is a performance penalty in doing a lot of en/decrypting.  I only used it for password fields.

If you need more info on this technique, let me know.

Robert Bradley

FoxDev - Visual FoxPro Development

RE: How do you encrypt foxpro database files ?

The bottom line answer to your question,AFAIK, is No. You can encrypt the data contained in VFP tables, but a user can still view/change the data. If you're wanting to secure your data, SQL Server is the way to go.

Here's a snippet of simple encryption:


 LOCAL lcRetStr
 LOCAL lcTrnStr

 *validate the parm
 IF TYPE('tcStr')<>'C'


 FOR x=255 TO 1 STEP -1

 lcRetStr = SYS(15,lcTrnStr,tcStr)

 RETURN lcRetStr

Jon Hawkins

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