Turning on Security

You turn on User Access Security, Controls Security, Field Security and Menu Security on the Admin Tools dialog. You reach the Admin Tools dialog from your application’s Admin – Security menu.

A check in a Security check box on the Admin Tools dialog turns a Security tool on.

Tip: Package your application with security turned off. Users must be entered on the Users form and Menu and Control Permissions must be selected before an application’s system supervisor turns on security. However, if for some reason you choose to package your application with security turned on, you will need to include a “proxy” user with full permissions. The system supervisor can then log into the application as the proxy user to set up security for himself.

Caution: Do not turn on security until you know how VPME security works and how to set it up. If you can’t wait until you’ve read this chapter to turn on security and you wind up locking yourself out of your application, see User Security Mistakes and How to Recover. Then, vow to read this chapter before you turn on security again.

User Access Security Must Be On: When User Access Security is off, Controls Security, Field Security and Menu Security are off even if they are checked on the Admin Tools dialog. A user must log into an application with a User ID and a Password before Controls, Field and Menu Security can function.

Access Levels Security: Access Levels Security helps secure access to the security options in an application. You turn on Access Levels Security by entering an “A” in the Access Level check box for a user on the Users form. See Access Levels Security. If you are the system supervisor or the developer, make sure that the first user for whom you enter an “A” is you.

Tip: Access Levels Security is not turned off when User Access Security is off. This adds another layer of protection to the VPME security engine.

Password Access Security: You turn on Password Access Security by checking the Access check box on the Passwords form. See Passwords. If you are the system supervisor or the developer, make sure that the first user for whom you check the Access check box is you.

Tip: Password Access Security is not turned off when User Access Security is off. This adds another layer of protection to the VPME security engine.

More:

Setting Up the System Supervisor

Setting Up Other Users