Technical Product/Training Overview
Developing Secure Applications with Visual Basic
Author: Davis Chapman
As the internet continues to grow and more data becomes available to the
expanding consumer base, it is accompanied by the increasing need for
additional security to protect that data. Most of the new standard
encryption methodologies are considered safe for now but, as computers become
increasingly more powerful, the easier it is for hackers to break in and go
where they do not belong. As a Visual Basic programmer, the need to
incorporate this security into one's applications is very important. Being
able to adapt to new encryption methods without having to recompile your
project can extend program life beyond the norm. Thanks to Davis Chapman?s
Developing Secure Applications with Visual Basic, published by SAMS, adding
encryption to your Visual Basic application can be an easier task than you
This book covers many different areas of encryption. Mr. Chapman discusses
how Microsoft incorporated interfaces directly into the operating system.
This allowed varied types of applications to use whatever encryption
methodologies were available on the machine. Some of the other topics he
covers are Public/Private Key Communications, Certificates, SSL, COM+, and
Microsoft Certificate Server.
Windows 2000 has many security features of which your applications can take
advantage. The book shows you step by step instructions with great examples
on how to set up SSL using DCOM on IIS 4.0 or IIS 5.0., allowing you to send
a result set from a database securely over the Internet to a particular user.
Active Directory has been out for awhile now but most people have not taken
advantage of this service. It permits your applications to easily interface
with most objects on your network. Sometimes, however, you need to secure
some of these objects with special permissions. The good news is that
Chapman?s book goes into great detail concerning this area.
Everyone from a novice to an expert in this area will truly enjoy this book.
It was easy to understand and the examples allow you to make easy adjustments
to applications to provide the security your clients need. It is an
excellent addition for any Visual Basic programmer out there.
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