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Chapter 12. Managing a Database > Encoding a Database

Encoding a Database

An unauthorized user could access your data by bypassing Access entirely. Special utility programs exist that allow users to retrieve data without going through Access. You can guard yourself from this problem by encoding your database. Encoding makes the database file indecipherable to these types of programs. Be aware, however, that encoding does not prohibit someone from using Access to open and read an encoded database file.

Encode a Database

Make sure all users close the database.

Click the Tools menu, point to Security, and then click Encode/Decode Database.

Locate and select the database file you want to encode.

Specify a name and location for the encoded version of your database file.

Click Save.


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