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Understanding profiles

Thus far, we've examined user accounts, the types of permission we can assign to them, and the ways in which we can encapsulate permissions into roles. In this section, we'll explore a topic that we saw previously in our section on creating users—database profiles. A profile is a combination of two, somewhat dissimilar, types of user controls. Profiles can be used to enforce user password characteristics as well as control a user's access to certain system resources.