An entire database can be encrypted when creating a new database or a new replica of an existing database. When a database is encrypted locally, it can be opened only by the Notes User ID that was used to encrypt the database. It isn't advisable to encrypt a database that's on a server because it's too easy to lock everyone out of it that way. Locally encrypting a database is useful for databases that contain sensitive information and are carried on a laptop. As illustrated in Figure 23.14, if you encrypt the database and the laptop is stolen, the database cannot be accessed unless the password for the Notes User ID is known.
Figure 23.14. Encrypting a new local replica of a database provides additional security for laptop users.
As shown in Figure 23.14, three levels of encryption can be applied. The first is simple encryption, which provides the fastest access to documents but also is the least secure. Medium encryption is recommended as the best choice in that it provides decent access to documents while providing a good level of security. With strong encryption, the documents take longer to open , but it's the most secure option.
Take Care with Encrypted Databases
When using medium or strong encryption, databases should not be compressed by a compression utility.
To enable encryption for a database, simply select the database, and then choose File, Database, Properties from the menu, or right-click the database icon and choose Properties from the pop-up menu. Click the Encryption Settings button to open the dialog box shown in Figure 23.14.
Part I. Introduction to Release 6
Whats New in Release 6?
The Release 6 Object Store
The Integrated Development Environment
Part II. Foundations of Application Design
Advanced Form Design
Using Shared Resources in Domino Applications
Using the Page Designer
Adding Framesets to Domino Applications
Automating Your Application with Agents
Part III. Programming Domino Applications
Using the Formula Language
Real-World Examples Using the Formula Language
Writing LotusScript for Domino Applications
Real-World LotusScript Examples
Writing Java for Domino Applications
Real-World Java Examples
Enhancing Domino Applications for the Web
Part IV. Advanced Design Topics
Accessing Data with XML
Accessing Data with DECS and DCRs
Security and Domino Applications
Creating Workflow Applications
Analyzing Domino Applications
Part V. Appendices
Appendix A. HTML Reference
Appendix B. Domino URL Reference