Airtable Security - SSO / inactivity log out / other solutions

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5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

Dear community,

In the company I work for, we have a base which contains a lot of sensitive data about clients. We are currently on the Team plan. I noticed that there is no inactivity log out in Airtable. The only safety measure I could potentially take is 2FA. Although, preferrably I would have 2FA, a inactivity log out and something that makes it only possible for colleagues to log-in when they are on their work MS365 account.

I see this last thing is possible with SSO, but that's only applicable for business. Since we are a foundation, that is hard to afford for about 20 employees. 

I hope someone in the community can help us with this security issue

Thanks a lot,


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18 - Pluto
18 - Pluto

Unfortunately, outside of SSO logout (as you mentioned), there is not a solution for this.

Even if you are on the most expensive Enterprise Plan, there is no native ability in Airtable to automatically log out after a period of inactivity.

Since this makes Airtable a relatively low-security platform, it is likely not the best platform to use if you are storing sensitive data about your clients.

Before I became an expert Airtable consultant in 2018, I was a FileMaker developer for 30 years.

If you’re looking for a low-code database system with dozens of enterprise-level security options — including automatic logouts that can be customized on a per-user basis — I would look no further than FileMaker.

Feel free to contact me through my website if you would like me to connect you with some top FileMaker developers, or if you need to hire an Airtable consultant to help you with your existing Airtable system: Airtable Consulting — ScottWorld

5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

We build our entire systeem in Airtable Scott. Thanks for you little salespitch for FileMaker. But we are not interested;).

Anybody else who could give sincere help?

I don’t appreciate your insinuation that I didn’t give you “sincere help”. If there was another solution, don’t you think somebody would have replied to your duplicate post from 2 weeks ago by now? You built your system in Airtable, and then you asked for something that can’t be done natively in Airtable. Maybe you can find some Chrome browser extension that can automatically log people out of websites after a period of inactivity, but what about if they’re using Safari or Edge or the Airtable desktop app or the Airtable mobile app? So not only did I give you the solution (use SSO), but then I also gave you a recommendation to the very best app that I know of that offers that feature and can keep your clients’ data secure. I don’t make one penny on FileMaker since I stopped doing FileMaker development in 2018. But then I even went one step further and offered to personally put you in touch with friends of mine who are developers. Perhaps some gratitude would have been the more appropriate response?

5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

Hi Scott. Thank you. It is true that i valued your message as a bit dubious. But I appreciate your clarification and in this message i would like to let you know that I do appreciate your message now. It did feel a bit like a salespitch before;).

I will look into the Chrome extension.

Thanks, Sid

Haha, yes, I would say that I have a natural salesperson-like personality. Lol. You can see my personality in action on all of these Airtable podcasts. But anyways, thanks for your nice message, and let me know if you figure out some solution for this with Airtable! 🙂