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Encrypting a Database

Before moving on to the more sophisticated methods of securing a database, it is important that you understand what any method of security does and does not provide for you. No matter how well you learn about and implement the techniques in this chapter, you will not be protected against someone attempting to read the data contained in your database. Even after you secure a database, someone with a disk editor can view the contents of the file. Although the data in the file will not appear in an easy-to-read format, the data is there and available for unauthorized individuals to see.

You might be feeling discouraged and asking yourself, “Why bother with security?” Do not despair! Fortunately, Access enables you to encrypt a database, rendering the data in the database indecipherable in word processors, disk utilities, and other products capable of reading text. When a database is encrypted, it is much more difficult to decipher any of its data.


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