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MemberProtect Modules In A Nutshell?


Supports application level information such as application functions and configuration settings. Configuration information that exists outside of the organization level information is generally considered to be 'global' MemberProtect settings, this module manages that kind of data.


A core module that contains all of the functionality surrounding MemberProtect users, such as the creation, editing and deletion of users as well as many supporting methods use to manage user information in general regarding security, passwords, encryption, etc. This is the most commonly used MemberProtect module. No MemberProtect installation would do much of anything without at least one user.


The organization module is the secod most use module in MemberProtect. It provides all the functionality that has to do with the creation and management of organizations which are the root container element within MemberProtect. The provide a strict border with regards to different sets of users and other data within a system. In some cases organizations will be required with an application and in other very small applications they won't be required at all.


The risk based authentication module provides functionalty for more advanced authentication needs such as custom defined user question/answer information, IP address restrictions, computer/browser agent history trackin, security images and phrases, etc. In certain applications these advanced authentication techniques will be absolutely required, particularily in highly sensitive financial applications and the like. In other, smaller or less security focused applications, this module will most likely not be required.

Security (Roles & Privileges)

The security module provides access to methods that help developers wrap MemberProtect concepts of roles and privileges around different pieces of application functionality. This can be as granular or general as is required by the individual application and in many smaller applications will not be required at all. However through the use of defining custom role and privilege information, different levels of security access can be created and applied to existing users to control what parts of an application various users are allowed to access. How this information is used is ultimately up to the developer and therefore is very flexible to the needs of the individual application.


The authentication module provides basic functionality for the most simplest forms of authentication, a username and password. However just because it is simple does not make it less secure. This module also provides support for temporary password use as well as the ability to flag when a user account fails authentication in some way defined by the developer. You can then choose to lock the user out after too many failed attempts. As usual, MemberProtect provides the functionality, but is flexible enough to be implemented the way the developer sees fit.


The cryptography modules provides support for encryption, decryption using a key you define as well as hashing. MemberProtect internally uses these functions to handled the autmoatically encrypted and hashed information as well.


The CurrentUser module is a small wrapper around some of the more commonly used functions in the User module. However it also contains the Login() method through which a user is physically logged into the MemberProtect system. From that point forward, accessing the CurrentUser module means the developer is actually accessing the currently logged in user. Many of the methods in this module require less supporting information because internally MemberProtect knows which user its acting upon, making the developers life a little easier.


The DataAccess module gives the developer quick access to the database for any reason that might be required. It supports running basic SQL statements as well as more advanced support for executing SQL functions and stored procedures and works seamlessly with data-bound controls.


The email module provides simple support for configuration SMTP email information and sending out emails from within MemberProtect, making sending out emails very simple right out of the box.


Currently the Log module is an internal only MemberProtect module meaning there isn't any public access to it, however its important developers are aware of it because every function they call in any other module is automatically logged to the internal log table regardless of success or failure. More importantly when a method fails for some reason, the log can be checked to get an idea what went wrong. The log also serves as a strong audit report of how MemberProtect is being used as it tracks most information by the user being acted upon and includes the date/time an operation was attempted.


The maintenance module deals with more internal task oriented functionality, for example it supports to archiving and purging of the MemberProtect log table. These particular task methods integrate really well with the MemberProtect dashboard service for automating periodic maintenance tasks.


The utility module is a MemberProtect developer's special toolbox of time saving functionality. Currently it supports the validation and formatting of many common types of data (such as integer, decimal, GUID information) as well as some additional methods for string manipulation not inherently available to .NET. Additionaly some 'boolean to string' and vice-versa are available for easily handling boolean values in string form. In the future based upon user feedback we hope to expand the functionality in this module to better support the MemberProtect developer.