9 Replies Latest reply on Jan 26, 2007 6:06 AM by Newsgroup_User

    secure folders

    Level 7
      I need to protect certain data folders from a user's changes. They are
      already hidden but my client doesn't feel as though that's enough since it's
      pretty easy to change that preference in Windows. Is there a way to keep
      folders from being opened without a password either from Director or
      otherwise?

      --
      Craig Wollman
      Lingo Specialist
      Word of Mouth Productions
      212-928-9581

      www.wordofmouthpros.com


        • 1. Re: secure folders
          johnAq Level 1
          What kind of media do you have in the folder? You can of course embed most types in a castLib to protect it.

          hth


          johnAq
          • 2. Re: secure folders
            Level 7
            There is an image folder, a video folder, and a data folder with text
            parameters all of which can be updated by my client. They don't want to
            have to go into Director to make the changes. And of course, video can't be
            embedded even if that were the only media involved.

            But my client doesn't want its clients to modify these folders. So I'd like
            to figure out a way to make these folders inaccessable beyond making them
            hidden, which really doesn't do much.


            --
            Craig Wollman
            Lingo Specialist
            Word of Mouth Productions
            212-928-9581

            www.wordofmouthpros.com
            "johnAq" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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            > What kind of media do you have in the folder? You can of course embed
            > most types in a castLib to protect it.
            >
            > hth
            >
            >
            > johnAq


            • 3. Re: secure folders
              Level 7
              I don't know of any way to do that exactly, though there may be a
              command line tool to encrypt or password protect a folder that could be
              used with ShellXtra or BuddyAPI. But you could encrypt each item in
              those folders using BuddyAPI's baEncryptFile() function. And you would
              un-encrypt each item as needed by the program while it is running. For
              files that are not too large, it is super fast. if your video files are
              quite large, you will see a performance hit. Also, you can "corrupt"
              your files with binaryIO in such a way that they won't play until you
              fix them in Director at runtime.
              • 4. Re: secure folders
                johnAq Level 1
                You may be able to wrap them up with the vList xtra - not sure where you can get it now.

                How about logging the details of the files/folders (size, mod dates/time etc) When you start up, do an integrity check to make sure everything is as you left it and if not...


                hth


                johnAq
                • 5. Re: secure folders
                  Level 7
                  Hi Craig,

                  There's a program called Licence Protector. Haven't used it but am thinking of
                  giving it a try. It's at:
                  http://www.mirage-systems.de/403.html
                  There's also a Multimedia Edition
                  http://www.mirage-systems.de/829.html

                  It claims to be able to protect Flash, Video, Music, Images and text and
                  Director.

                  Anyway, as I said, I haven't used it but maybe it may offer something to your
                  case.

                  regards
                  Dean

                  Director Lecturer / Consultant
                  http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/learning/director
                  http://www.multimediacreative.com.au


                  • 6. Re: secure folders
                    Level 7
                    That would work only after its too late, but its an interesting idea.

                    --
                    Craig Wollman
                    Lingo Specialist
                    Word of Mouth Productions
                    212-928-9581

                    www.wordofmouthpros.com
                    "johnAq" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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                    > You may be able to wrap them up with the vList xtra - not sure where you
                    > can
                    > get it now.
                    >
                    > How about logging the details of the files/folders (size, mod dates/time
                    > etc)
                    > When you start up, do an integrity check to make sure everything is as you
                    > left
                    > it and if not...
                    >
                    >
                    > hth
                    >
                    >
                    > johnAq
                    >


                    • 7. Re: secure folders
                      Level 7
                      I like that.

                      --
                      Craig Wollman
                      Lingo Specialist
                      Word of Mouth Productions
                      212-928-9581

                      www.wordofmouthpros.com
                      "Mike Blaustein" <mblaustein@gmail.com> wrote in message
                      news:epbg5q$j0v$1@forums.macromedia.com...
                      >I don't know of any way to do that exactly, though there may be a command
                      >line tool to encrypt or password protect a folder that could be used with
                      >ShellXtra or BuddyAPI. But you could encrypt each item in those folders
                      >using BuddyAPI's baEncryptFile() function. And you would un-encrypt each
                      >item as needed by the program while it is running. For files that are not
                      >too large, it is super fast. if your video files are quite large, you will
                      >see a performance hit. Also, you can "corrupt" your files with binaryIO in
                      >such a way that they won't play until you fix them in Director at runtime.


                      • 8. Re: secure folders
                        Level 7
                        You guys are great. I'll look into them. Thanks

                        --
                        Craig Wollman
                        Lingo Specialist
                        Word of Mouth Productions
                        212-928-9581

                        www.wordofmouthpros.com
                        "Dean Utian" <d.utian@unsw.edu.au> wrote in message
                        news:45B9E428.BC71E5AC@unsw.edu.au...
                        > Hi Craig,
                        >
                        > There's a program called Licence Protector. Haven't used it but am
                        > thinking of
                        > giving it a try. It's at:
                        > http://www.mirage-systems.de/403.html
                        > There's also a Multimedia Edition
                        > http://www.mirage-systems.de/829.html
                        >
                        > It claims to be able to protect Flash, Video, Music, Images and text and
                        > Director.
                        >
                        > Anyway, as I said, I haven't used it but maybe it may offer something to
                        > your
                        > case.
                        >
                        > regards
                        > Dean
                        >
                        > Director Lecturer / Consultant
                        > http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/learning/director
                        > http://www.multimediacreative.com.au
                        >
                        >


                        • 9. Re: secure folders
                          Level 7
                          I just thought of an issue with encryption. I'm guessing with straight
                          encryption, the files still show up but can't be opened. Anytime the files
                          can be seen they're probably deletable or replaceable which wouldn't be
                          good.

                          Hmmm, if files that are in use can't be deleted, I wonder if there's a way
                          to make all of these files "look" as though they are always in use?

                          --
                          Craig Wollman
                          Lingo Specialist
                          Word of Mouth Productions
                          212-928-9581

                          www.wordofmouthpros.com
                          "Mike Blaustein" <mblaustein@gmail.com> wrote in message
                          news:epbg5q$j0v$1@forums.macromedia.com...
                          >I don't know of any way to do that exactly, though there may be a command
                          >line tool to encrypt or password protect a folder that could be used with
                          >ShellXtra or BuddyAPI. But you could encrypt each item in those folders
                          >using BuddyAPI's baEncryptFile() function. And you would un-encrypt each
                          >item as needed by the program while it is running. For files that are not
                          >too large, it is super fast. if your video files are quite large, you will
                          >see a performance hit. Also, you can "corrupt" your files with binaryIO in
                          >such a way that they won't play until you fix them in Director at runtime.