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I was actually reminded of these forums by a current thread on the regular FM forums. When I logged in I saw Josh's blog post:

I couldn't leave a comment on it, but I really appreciate that he posted this.

The only way I can see how to do a successful 2 factor authentication for FileMaker would be to require it as part of VPN authentication.


After that one really long thread on the FM Forums that it felt like I was arguing with WIM, I know that ersatz security really isn't all its cracked up to be. I also figured out a way to use external authentication and multiple files to accomplish some of the broad security settings that I wanted.


I suppose there may be another way to do 2 factor authentication using a web interface, but that initial logon would still have to be something outside of FileMaker currently I think. Even the method I am thinking of could probably be easily circumvented too though. So that really only leaves the VPN.


Has anyone had any conversations with FileMaker about building this into FM Server?

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There more than just the VPN.  There is also the OS.  Windows allows for 2FA where you can't get access for instance to a remote desktop until you passed two factors of authentication.  Some clients use phone confirmation, some clients use RSA keys.

If you want to start a conversation with FMI about it, post a feature request at their website and let other people vote on it:




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Definitely post it in the ideas as Wim suggested.

Hopefully soon I will be able to finish putting together a PDF of that discussion that includes the images that are missing from that article. I just officially started a new job this week...so I've been a bit behind. Hoping I can get to it this weekend..but no promises. I've said that to myself the past 2 weekends. lol

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There are some other options for Multi-Factor Authentication.  I will be exploring some of those at the RSA Security Conference next week in California.  It is something where we need some additional approaches beyond the ones we have now.



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