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RE: st: AW: password

From   "Visintainer PhD, Paul" <>
To   "''" <>
Subject   RE: st: AW: password
Date   Mon, 18 May 2009 14:43:44 -0400

Thanks Austin and Martin.

The question came from our institutional review board who wanted to know whether our analytic data files are passworded.  The example they gave me was Excel and Access, which can password databases. Some of the files where data are stored are shared drives.  I don't think that a single password will prevent access, but at least may deter it.  I couldn't find anything from a Stata search, so I didn't think the capacity existed.

I know there are other ways to deter access (e.g., passwording folders or assigning individual drives which must be logged into).  We'll have to explore these.


Paul F. Visintainer, PhD
Baystate Health System
280 Chestnut Street
Springfield, MA 01199
(T)  413.794.7686
(F) 413.794.7689

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Austin Nichols
Sent: Monday, May 18, 2009 12:30 PM
Subject: Re: st: AW: password

But note that zip passwords are not secure.  How secure do you need
the data file to be?  Who needs access?
You might get what you need from openPGP e.g.

On Mon, May 18, 2009 at 12:18 PM, Martin Weiss <> wrote:
> <>
> Never heard of such a facility. (You can verify integrity via -help
> datasignature-.) If I had to protect a dta with a password, I would use an
> external zip program and add a password to the zip file. Also, dtas shrink
> considerably when zipped...
> Martin
> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von:
> [] Im Auftrag von Visintainer
> PhD, Paul
> Gesendet: Montag, 18. Mai 2009 17:35
> An:
> Betreff: st: password
> Does Stata have a capacity for passwording data files?
> Thanks.
> _____________________
> Paul F. Visintainer, PhD

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