Real World Microsoft Access Database Protection and Security / Edition 1

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Author Garry Robinson approaches this book differently than other Access books on the market: he keeps the focus on issues that will help protect your database. Written from an experienced developers point of view, he discusses protection and security task-by-task. This book is even recommended among Microsoft TechNet Security Topics: Threats and Countermeasures.

Youll learn to hide tables as system tables, produce databases that are difficult to crack, and back up databases. You will learn how to keep staff from viewing salary tables, prevent customers from peeking at your distributed software design, and become a better judge of worthwhile security options (versus time-consuming choices).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590591260
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 11/11/2003
  • Edition description: 2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Garry Robinson established a successful software consultancy business called GR-FX Pty Limited that has been in business for more than eight years. During that time, he has helped to develop and supported over 100 Access applications for over 30 organizations. His clients include mining, insurance, and transport businesses. He has assisted quite a number of Access programmers working for their clients. Garry is a contributing editor to Pinnacle Publishing's Smart Access magazine and is an editor of the popular programming website He develops and sells shareware software for data mining and Access application libraries, and a programmer's knowledge base. When Garry's not sitting at the keyboard, he can be found playing golf or swimming with the sharks in Sydney, Australia.
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Table of Contents

About the Author
About the Technical Reviewer
Ch. 1 The Access Protection and Security Driving Instructions 1
Ch. 2 Protecting Your Database with Startup Options 23
Ch. 3 Using Database Options and Attributes to Protect Data and Objects 49
Ch. 4 Providing a Solid Foundation with Good Programming Practices 81
Ch. 5 Backing Up and Recovering Your Databases 109
Ch. 6 User and Object Surveillance 161
Ch. 7 Protecting Your Database with Menus and Toolbars 197
Ch. 8 Developer Workgroup Security 233
Ch. 9 Security Concerns, Encryption, and Database Passwords 287
Ch. 10 Securing Data with Workgroup Security 307
Ch. 11 Object Protection and Security Measures 363
Ch. 12 Protecting and Securing Your Database with the Operating System 403
App. A Specific Access Security Information 453
App. B Registering the Access Workbench 459
App. C Why Migrate from Access to SQL Server? 461
Index 475
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2004

    Useful information for both novice and expert

    As advertised, I found the book very readable. Garry transforms a rather dry and gritty subject into an almost chatty style that is easy to manage. It only took me a couple of days to read all 500 pages and even though I am an experienced developer, I picked up a lot of useful tips. Garry writes specific information for different readers - the developer, the end user, the database administrator. Each has different requirements. For some applications, workgroup security is essential, for other it is not. Garry goes into Workgroup security in considerable depth, but in a logical and understandable way. He explains that there is more than one way to secure a database. It all depends who the users are, who the market is, and the liklihood of people trying to do the wrong thing. Protecting users from themselves is a noteable part of the process. Garry looked at a lot of things that you might not consider as security issues, but which can make a big difference - menus, startup options, backups, user surveillance, error handling, coding practices. Securing your database against loss and corruption is at least as important as foiling hackers. With workgroup security, I particularly liked the idea of securing just one object. This stamps your ownership on the app, and keeps the client from going too far without your input. This book will suit all those using or developing access applications. Especially those who want to keep away from 'complex' workgroup security, you too will find a lot of very useful information here. This will allow you to keep a few steps ahead of your clients.

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