Secure Access Database from being copied

Posted on 2009-04-22
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Last Modified: 2013-11-29
We use an Access 2003 database that is run from a termial server.  The users log into the TS and run the database from their desktop frontend shortcut.  The database is split with the backend database tables linked.
The concern by the management that an employee can copy the database and use it at another company.  I cannot figure a way to prevent the backend database file from being copied becuase all users need r/w acccess the the file.
My other option seems to be implimenting the Access Security via the security.mdw workgroup file.

1. Am i correct in assumming that the file is not safe from being copied onto a removable device by users?
2. Would the Access Security be a way to protect the file from being used if it was copied and taken offsite?

Question by:beyondt
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Really no way to protect an Access database like that.

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Any suggestions on how to protect it from being copied?
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jmoss111 earned 500 total points
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Use a secure database server like SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, PostGreSQL.

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Thanks.  That was what I figure but it was worth a shot.

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