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How to password protect an Access Database

How to password protect an Access Database
March 19, 2021 0 By carolc

Microsoft Access is one of the most in-demand products within your application suite. It is software that manages database. This database is quite inexpensive when compared to other tools that play the same role, but it is also a powerful database for projects that are not of great size.

A look at Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access uses a database engine called, jet, which is basically a dialect of the SQL language, which is also known as Jet SQL. This tool is part of the Microsoft office package; it has a rather intuitive and easy-to-use interface.

With Microsoft Access, you can create tables, queries, forms, and reports that in turn you can connect to macros for automation. You have the option to import and export data to many other formats, such as Excel, Outlook, FoxPro, SQL Server, Oracle, ODBC, etc. Access is a file server-based database, which sets it apart from client-server relational database management systems.

It has a jet database format, which can contain the data and application in the same file, making it easy to fully distribute it to other users so that it can be run in other environments.

Microsoft Access uses an algorithm that although it seems simple, is quite undetectable by other encryption programs. This means that if for some reason you lose your password, we suggest that you delete your database file, because you will not find anyone who may violate its security.

Protect access file with key

To place a key in an Access database, you must select the database and proceed to open it with the “browse file” option, once you are inside Microsoft Access.

Then, a pop-up screen comes out, where you must choose the file from our database that contains the extension (accdb) and then click on the arrow that has the “open” button.

Then a list will appear with several options, you must select “open in exclusive mode”.

After clicking open in exclusive mode, the database will open normal, then you proceed to encrypt it, in the “File” tab, which is in the option band, you must click on “Information” and then click on the “Encrypt with Password” button.

Then you will return to the database automatically and a pop-up window will pop up asking you to enter a password for your database, and then ask you again to confirm.

Remember to use keys that have combinations of uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and special characters, with a minimum length of 8 characters.

Please note that if for some reason you forget the password you entered, the file will no longer be able to be opened and cause the file to be lost and you will not be able to recover it.

Close the database file and reopen it to verify that Access created the key successfully.