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Microsoft® Access® 2010 Inside Out by Jeff Conrad and John Viescas

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Packaging and Signing Your Database

If you want to send a database to other users, you can certainly put it in a zip file and e-mail it. However, unless the recipient really trusts that the e-mail came from you (it’s easy to spoof a sending e-mail address), the recipient might not be willing to open your file. Access 2010 provides a tool that lets you compress your database file and include it inside a file that is digitally signed.

So, what is “digitally signed?” If you’ve surfed the Internet at all, you’ve probably encountered several digitally signed files. For example, when a website wants to download and install an ActiveX control and you have security enabled in your browser, your browser prompts you to decide whether to download and run ...

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