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Knowledge Base FAQ Item #6600137


Q6600137: I want the strongest encryption of my passwords in the CONFIG.SDF file. How to achieve this?

The passwords are already encrypted according to a strong, proprietary encryption method. If oyu want most encrypption, we recommend to use EFS encryption of the CONFIG.SDF file, and use the AES256 encryption algorith.

To encrypt:

  • Open File Explorer from your Start menu and navigate to the file you want to encrypt.
  • Right-click on the file and select Properties. Then, click on the Advanced button.
  • Check the box next to Encrypt contents to secure data. Click OK, then Apply.
  • Choose the option to encrypt the file only/
  • Back up your encryption key.

Now, make sure that the ActiveXperts Network Monitor Engine service is also aware of the encryption. In order for the service to read the CONFIG.SDF file, you'll need to Import the key into the Personal Certificate Store.To do so:

  • Logon interactivily using the ActiveXperts Network Monitor Engine service account
  • Open the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) by pressing Win + R, typing mmc, and pressing Enter.
  • In MMC, go to File > Add/Remove Snap-in.
  • Select 'Certificates' and click Add.
  • Choose 'My user account' and click Finish.
  • Expand the 'Certificates - Current User' tree.
  • Right-click on the 'Personal' folder, select All Tasks, and then Import.
  • Follow the Certificate Import Wizard to import your private key (usually a .pfx file).
  • When prompted, enter the password for the private key.
  • Once imported, you should be able to access the EFS-encrypted files with that user account.
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