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Encrypt a Session File

You can encrypt 3270, 5250, and Open Systems session documents to protect them against unauthorized changes. Encryption effectively scrambles the data in a session document, helping to prevent unauthorized users from reading and changing the file's contents. For best results, use document encryption in conjunction with the encryption options in the Permissions Manager.

In Reflection, you can easily encrypt sessions by saving them in the Encrypted Session Document format.

Alternatively, you can encrypt documents using a command-line program installed with Reflection, FileEncrypt.exe. With this program, you can also determine whether session documents are encrypted, and if they are, you can decrypt them.

To encrypt a session in Reflection

  1. Open a session document.
  2. Do one of the following:

    If you are using this "look and feel"

    Do this...

    The Reflection button

    Microsoft Office 2007

    On the Reflection button The Reflection button , choose Save As.

    The Reflection button

    Microsoft Office 2010

    On the File menu, choose Save As.

  3. From the Save as Type menu, choose the available encryption format, and then click Save.

To encrypt, decrypt, or test sessions using FileEncrypt.exe

  • From a command line, enter any of the following commands:



    Encrypt a document

    fileencrypt /e [file_in] [file_out]

    Decrypt a document

    fileencrypt /d [file_in] [file_out]

    Test a document for encryption

    fileencrypt /t [file_in]


    [file_in] = The filename, including the extension and relative path.

    [file_out] = (Optional) A new name for the output file.

    For example:

    fileencrypt /e Session.rd3x SessionEncrypted.rd3x


    Note: FileEncrypt.exe searches only the current directory for session files, and requires administrative credentials to encrypt or decrypt a file.

Related Topics

Permissions Manager