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Encryption - EFS 

Open Dental does not provide technical support for encryption.  For assistance, consult your IT person.  The information below is provided as a resource for your IT person to help make encryption decisions.  It is not for regular users.

Encrypting File Systm (EFS) is a low cost, useful technology for Encrypting the MySQL folder, or any files that are going to be accessed by a single user (or a limited number of users where it may be practical to add permissions file by file).  EFS does not work well for encrypting the A to Z folders because it does not work well for files shared by multiple users. 

An easy way to avoid the trouble of setting up EFS for small offices is to use BitLocker Drive Encryption with newer Operating Systems (Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, Enterprise and Ultimate Only, Server 2003, 2008, 2012).

Implementing EFS for your MySQL Databases
1. Back up your database to external encrypted media (optional but highly recommended).
2. Login as the user that runs the MySQL service.
3. Navigate to the directory containing your MySQL data (default is C:\)
4. Right click the folder named MySQL (default is C:\MySQL).
5. Select Properties, then General tab, and click Advanced.
6. Select the checkbox that reads 'Encrypt contents to secure data'.
7. Document that you did this in case you ever need to show that you did.

How does EFS Work
EFS has added features with each new Microsoft Operating System, but this base document is where to look for the latest complete document from Microsoft: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb457065.aspx


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