Secured Variables are about accessing data. They differ from Node Variables in several ways:
Secured Variables are typically used in queries to restrict the records that a user can see. They can also be used inside connections to route users to appropriate sources. Like Node Variables, the values for Secured Variables need to be constrained so that underlying queries don’t break. With Secured Variables, this is handled through the concept of “Defaults”, which is handled through the provisioning UI. See “Configuring Secured Variables”
One of the reasons for using Secured Variables is to limit the records returned based on user information. Some examples include the following:
In both cases, information needs to be restricted based on provisioning information for a user. This can be configured individually per user, or for a group of users using the concept of Domains. See Provisioning for more information.