|Huge waves battered Sydney over the weekend, this picture was near Coogee.|
Friday, June 10, 2016
Web databases - once you are on the wave, it may be hard to get off
Over the years I have had discussions with good Access programmers who have said that they can link to a web database from an Access database. It always sounded a little insecure to me and because my website host didn't offer the same "openness", I just forgot about the process. This article which discusses a popular free unix database MongodB highlights the issue of open ports. The hack in this instance is simple. One guy produced a search engine that looks into open ports. Another guy uses that search engine to get email address in any database. I guess the second guy looked for anything with an @ in the word. So be-warned, don't store native email addresses or passwords in a web database and if your web database sounds too good to easy to get to, at least encrypt your important data.