Alpha Anywhere allows you to encrypt tables so that people who do not know the password cannot read them.
This is particularly important because Alpha Anywhere uses a very common file format for its data, the .DBF format, which many programs can read. Once you have encrypted a table, other programs cannot read it. After a table has been encrypted, it is displayed in the Control Panel with a lock on the icon. In addition, if the decryption key has not been set, a question mark is displayed on the icon, indicating that Alpha Anywhere cannot read the table yet.
Icon for an encrypted table. Alpha Anywhere can read the table because the decryption key has been set.
Icon for missing key for an encrypted table. Alpha Anywhere cannot read the table because the decryption key has not yet been set.
Alpha Anywhere's DBF encryption is not sufficient for military, government, health care, financial, or other data needing to be protected to FIPS, HIPAA, or PCI-DSS standards. If you need this level of encryption, use a SQL database (or an Active-Link Table against a SQL database) and encrypt the sensitive fields with AES or another approved encryption standard.
Alpha Anywhere provides several functions to encrypt and decrypt tables.