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Can your web and PDF forms save to an Encrypted Database?

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Many web form processing systems allow you to save the form posts in a database.  However, for security and compliance reasons, that is not really very secure.  Of course, if your form processing and the database are in a secure, compliant environment (e.g. a HIPAA-compliant dedicated server), then the situation is better and it may be OK to have your form data saved unencrypted in your database.

However, as the person doing your compliance risk analysis will tell you, it is always better to have data encrypted at rest if you have a choice.  That greatly reduces your risk of breach / compromise.  The problem is: these web form processing systems and plugins will not encrypt your data for you and it is not easy to get a database that is itself fully encrypted.

So — what can you do to lock down your data?

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Uploading Files to your Web Forms

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Very often customers with web site forms would like their users to be able to upload images or other files along with all of the rest of the form data that will be submitted.  These files could be anything, really:

  • Music files
  • Patient X-rays
  • New software
  • Screen shots
  • etc.

Uploading files from a web form is a two-part process.  First, you need to properly configure your form.  Second, you need to properly collect those files on the server.

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Get your Web or PDF form data any way you want it

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

LuxSci SecureForm service makes it easy to collect form data from any web or PDF form and send it to you via email and/or save it in archives, databases, FTP sites and more. Custom and complex form data collection is a breeze … with no special software to install and no need to change your web host.

Watch our SecureForm overview video to see what we’re talking about!

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SecureForm: Protect Yourself from Form Post Failures Using AJAX

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Case in point — you have an important web-based form and a visitor has spent 30 minutes filling it out.  The visitor presses the “submit form” button and the form post fails (because the visitor has lost Internet connectivity or for any number of other reasons).  The visitor gets some error screen, gets very annoyed, and quits.  Form post lost, data lost, customer feedback, potential sale … lost.

This situation can be prevented and these important form posts saved by using some JavaScript (AJAX) techniques in your web form page.

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Case Study: Managers Fill in Web Forms Nightly; You Download the Data in a Spreadsheet

Monday, March 28th, 2011

We recently had an interesting use case posed to us by an existing customer.  They are a chain of restaurants and they need:

1. The managers of these restaurants to fill out an online form nightly

2. The form data to be transmitted securely and saved

3. To be able to securely download a spreadsheet of all of the submitted form data in the morning.

They wanted to know if there was any existing solution for this scenario … and how complicated it might be to set up.  

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