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Chapter 27. Database Security Made Easy > Providing an Additional Level of Secu...

Providing an Additional Level of Security: Creating an MDE

Access 2000 and above offer an additional level of security through the creation of an MDE file. An MDE (compiled database) file is a database file with all editable source code removed. This means that you eliminate all the source code behind the forms, reports, and modules contained in the database. An MDE file offers additional security because the forms, reports, and modules in an MDE file cannot be modified. Other benefits of an MDE file include a reduced size and optimized memory usage. To create an MDE file, follow these steps:

1.
Open the database on which the MDE file will be based.

2.
Choose Tools, Database Utilities, Make MDE File. The Save MDE As dialog box appears.

3.
Select a name for the MDE and click OK.


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