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cschubert

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Hi there,

How can I protect the store.fdb file in my Document and Settings folder against being read by an administrator if he would copy this file away from my harddisk over remote shares?

will the content in the file be encrypted? AES256 for example?

or could I do that by myself?
(i'm syncing my private store on my company notebook)

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cschubert
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sedell

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Trying to hide documents and files from an administrator could be grounds for termination, so I wouldn't go that route.

If an admin wanted or needed to access your mail, I don't think they would bother with your store.fdb file - I wouldn't. It's far easier to just access the mail on the server. The admin would also see all the mail store contents, not just what was synchronized, which is what he'd get using the local database on your machine. They may also have a mail archive. That would contain everything you sent or received. It would also be simpler to access that than your local store.

Scott
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cschubert

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no..

the question was:

is the contents of store.fdb encrypted?

if you have your own mail server and only take your mailstore with you in an "unsecured" environment, is the store file secured?
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You asked if you could encrypt it so an administrator couldn't read it. There's no point, because the administrator can read your mail easier in other locations.

If you're looking to protect your mail from, let's say your laptop getting stolen and accessed, that's a different story. No, it's not encrypted. Databases don't typically work that way. It's a tremendous amount of overhead to encrypt everything being stored in the database. Usually the database access controls or user accounts take care of the security. But encryption in the DB or not, if someone can even get to the file on your laptop, there's a problem with the laptop's security.

Scott
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