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Introduction

Note: If you are making a Web Application: Secwin 7 requires NetTalk 12. For Desktop programs Secwin 7 will work with NetTalk 11.

Secwin aims to provide program-level-security to your application. It allows your customer to control who can use your program, and what aspects of the program they can use. We call this Program Access Control. The key goals here are flexibility (every end user has different policies) and usability (customers need to be able to manage their own security and not rely on the developer to do it for them.)

In addition large customers have different needs to small customers (such as Active Directory integration) and so Secwin is designed to be flexible, allowing customers to tailor the security to their needs. A range of features, including password resets, self-sign-on, guest accounts and more make Secwin the last security tool you will need.

It also allows you to control which features in your program the customer has access to. We call this Licensing. The primary goal of licensing is to ensure that you get paid. Licensing needs to be flexible to match your needs, easy for both you and your customer, and online so that you can easily update your clients license as their needs (or lack of payment) change. Designed for both single-sale software and subscription services. It includes a web server app that can be used as a licensing server, or you can make use of our SecwinOnlineServer to host your licenses for you.

Secwin is designed to work on desktop, and web applications, and supports single-tenant or multi-tenant setups.

Secwin does not provide data-level-security. That is provided by MyTable and Cryptonite.
Secwin protects its own data from external viewing using MyTable and Cryptonite so these accessories are required in order for Secwin to compile.

In today's world no program, or user, stands alone. Secwin is designed to integrate to a SendEmail or SendSMS function (or both). These allow features like second factor authentication, password resets, self-sign-up accounts and so on. For this reason NetTalk (Desktop level or higher) is recommended even for Desktop programs. NetTalk also allows for online licensing features and Active Directory integration. NetTalk is officially an "optional" requirement, however many features require it, so it is highly recommended.

If unauthorized uses have access to the database, and they can tamper with fields (for example deleting them, or causing them to become invalid) or delete records, then certain Secwin features may no longer be effective. For example if someone can TopScan the DSSW7 file, and remove a user record, then that user will no longer be able to log in.

For this reason physical access to the database should be restricted using whatever mechanism is appropriate for the database. For TPS this means adding an owner to the table. For SQL it means limiting access to the security database and so on.

If an unauthorized person does get access to the database, data inside it will not be exposed. Any data they damage can be restored from backups, and the data itself will not be compromised.

History

Secwin was one of CapeSoft's first accessories for Clarion for Windows, and shipped in the mid 90's. It has proved to be a work-horse providing access control, and licensing for a generation of Clarion programmers.

Fast-forward to the mid-teens and cwin's age is starting to show. Designed originally for desktop use, it's not ideal on the web. Plus it uses a DLL, which is now something we prefer not to do. And best-practices with regard to passwords have changed enormously over the last twenty five years.

Enter Secwin 7. A complete re-design, and a brand new implementation of Secwin. This is a complete, from the ground up, rebuild of Secwin and uses next to none of the existing code or table structures. It takes the current best practices and provides them in a modern way, aimed not just at desktop users but web users as well.

None of this would be useful though if your existing security settings, or customer setups, are lost. Secwin 7 is therefore a drop-in replacement for Secwin 6 (and earlier) and converting an application from Secwin 6 to Secwin 7 takes a minimal amount of time and fuss. Equally, a simple utility for converting existing Secwin data to Secwin 7 is provided.

Features

The user logs in using a user name and password. However individual customers have individual requirements that can vary enormously from one customer to another. In addition the platform being used (desktop or web) may have special requirements that need to be supported.

To make logins as powerful, safe, and as feature-rich as possible - while at the same time making them easy enough to setup and use by mere humans has been a challenge. The result though is the most comprehensive login system available for Clarion. All facets of the login system can be controlled at runtime so each customer can configure it to their own needs and policies. These features include;
Note [1]
Password-Less Active Directory Logins are currently only available in Desktop apps.

Security Tables

Required

Secwin requires a number of other CapeSoft building blocks;

Possible Updates

IF you have the following items in your app, then you may need to update
Product Minimum Version
iDash 1.15
MultiProj TBA
NetTalk 11 11.36
Recent Lookups 1.34
Runscreen 1.26
Send To 3.34

Coexisting

Installing Secwin 7 will overwrite the Secwin 6 template file. So Secwin 6 and Secwin 7 cannot co-exist in the same Clarion install.
You can however clone your Clarion enviroment using the Versions system, and have one environment with Secwin 6, and another with Secwin 7. For more information on doing this see https://clarionhub.com/t/multiple-active-clarion-systems-macs/1138

Webinars

Number Description
#563 Secwin 7 release part 1. Focuses on Access Control in Desktop programs.
#564 Secwin 7 release part 2. Focuses on Licensing
#565 Secwin 7 release part 3. Focuses on Access Control in Web programs.

Compatibility

Clarion 8 Yes
Clarion 9 / 9.1 Yes
Clarion 10 Yes
Clarion 11 / 11.1 Yes
Clarion Templates Yes
ABC Templates Yes
AnyScreen Yes
Local Mode Yes
DLL Mode Yes
Multi DLL Yes

Documentation & Support

Documentation for the product is available here.

Go here for further support.

Cost

The price of Secwin is $499 ($399 on special). It is available for purchase from ClarionShop.
The upgrade (from earlier versions of Secwin) is available for purchase for $399 ($299 on special) from ClarionShop.
For other payment options please contact us here

Refund Policy

CapeSoft believes that if you aren't satisfied with our products, we would like them back - and we will refund you the money. This allows you to purchase our products with confidence. You can read our full refund policy here.
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