Protect the credentials for SQL authentication

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- J.D. Meier, Alex Mackman, Michael Dunner, Srinath Vasireddy, Ray Escamilla and Anandha Murukan

If you must use SQL authentication, be sure that the credentials are not sent over the network in clear text and encrypt the database connection string because it contains credentials.

To enable SQL Server to automatically encrypt credentials sent over the network, install a server certificate on the database server. Alternatively, use an IPSec encrypted channel between the Web and database servers to secure all traffic sent to and from the database server. To secure the connection string, use DPAPI. For more information, see "Secure Your Connection String" in the "Configuration Management" section at


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