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What level of encryption does MS Access use?

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I developed an Access 2003 application that has been distributed to customer sites.  The database has been encrypted using MS Access/Tools/Security  -  Encoce/Decode database.

I have to answer a customer survey that asks "What bit-level of encryption protects the stored data".

Does anyone know what bit level of encryption is used by MS Access 2003?
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I doubt if there is a proper answer to that Q.
Access encryption is pretty meaningless anyway.  It only protects the data against it being looked at in something other than Access.  Any copy of Access will see the data in clear form.
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Thanks.  I figured that was the case.  Still though, I would like to know the bit-level that Access uses for encryption.  Even though the data can be viewed by others with Access and even if it is a weak bit-level, I'm thinking that it must still use some bit level.  Any thoughts on that?
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I don't know the answer I'm afraid.

The only other 'fact' I know about Access encryption is that it use some sort of algorithm based on the RC4 standard, but I have no knowledge (or interest in it) beyond that.  I assume RC4 sets a bit level in its definition?

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by:hi2way
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Thanks.  That response was good enough to give me a little more google fuel to go on.  I found out that it is 32 bit encryption.  Your other points were also reinforced.

Thanks again.
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