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Tips:SecretSQL: Keeping Your Passwords Safe

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Passwords are things not to be shared. As good SAS® programmers we don't hard-code our passwords in our programs, but keep them in separate files or macro variables. However this is not enough! Unfortunately the casual (or malicious) user can "turn on" macro debugging utilities like MPRINT, MLOGIC, or SYMBOLGEN and literally read our password right from the LOG, in plain view. Fortunately, there are several things that we can do to protect our passwords.

Submitted by Art Carpenter. Contact me at my Discussion Page.

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