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Why use encryption at rest?

Question asked by AlanBrooks on Jan 19, 2016
Latest reply on Jan 19, 2016 by wimdecorte

I understand the philosophy and importance of encrypting the data in a database while at rest.

It seems like, at one time, Filemaker database files stored the data on the hard disk in clear text but after reading about EAR, as a test, I created a database with a single record and one field, opened that database with a text editor and found no instance of the data entered in the record.  This was done with FMP 14.


According to documentation, EAR (Encryption at Rest) is disabled by default in a FileMaker Pro file and must be implicitly enabled using FileMaker Pro Advanced.


Isn't the data encrypted in a default FM14 file?  Does EAR provide further encryption?