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Password securing a file within a network


My company uses MS Access '07, with the data stored on a shared back-end, and accessed by each user through their front-end application. However, since the back-end file has to be accessed by everyone's front-end, it is left vulnerable to attack, should someone wish to destroy it.

Is there a way to password protect it if someone were to try to open the back-end file, but that would still allow unfettered access by the front-end application?

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In reply to: Password securing a file within a network

Microsoft's server uses a single sign on so you set up accounts on the server and that's the password. You can extend rights to that folder or revoke as needed.

Remember I know this system. It's a bad design if the database file is directly exposed like that. For years we moved to SQL to remove direct access to the file and SQL provides a granular access you are asking for.

-> Until then you backup daily, weekly monthly like you were taught.

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In reply to: Absolutely.

Server password security. The file server requires a password to access these files so you already have the password system in place. This system is called Single Sign On.

Here's more about it:

Again, to get on the server they had to have an account and permissions to that object.

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