Popular Questions

How do I make a backup of an encrypted database?

Like you normally would. However, .dbd_key files are not saved with the backup. Take extra measures to make sure you will have access to them when you need them.

How do I attach an encrypted database?

This is a simple task for DbDefence. Just make sure that the encryption .dbd_key files are in the same folder as the database files. Without those files you will get a “checksum mismatch†error and won't be able to attach the database.

What will we do if the .dbd_key files are ever corrupted or deleted?

Don't let it happen! If you lose the key file, our support staff will be unable to assist you! Be sure to copy those dbd_key files somewhere into a secure place immediately after you encrypt your database! However, if you still have the .dbd_key file and forget your password, we will be able to recover it after a valid identification and confirmation of your account with us.

If I use the same password, will my .dbd_key files be identical? Can we use any .dbd_key file with ourdatabases ?

No. Each time you encrypt a database, the key files will be different and they will not be interchangeable. To simplify the distribution process, we recommend you copy the database files and key files together so you can just attach the database without encrypting it every time.

Does the encryption process rely on Windows, installed SQL Server, or any other hardware?

It does not rely on Windows or special hardware. However, if your CPU supports AES encryption, it runs faster. If your CPU does not support AES encryption, then the software still runs at an acceptable speed for server operations.