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Access Security I: Introduction to security

Help protect your computer and databases
Help protect your computer and your data from malicious code and dangerous commands by using antivirus software, choosing an appropriate macro security level, working with digitally signed files, and enabling an important Microsoft Office Access environment called sandbox mode.

About this course

This course includes:

  • Three self-paced lessons and one practice session for hands-on experience.
  • A short test at the end of each lesson; tests are not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Change the Access macro security level and options to the settings that are right for you.
  • Understand the security warning messages you'll encounter in Access and how to work with them to help protect your data.
  • Install and enable sandbox mode and see how it helps you work more safely in Access.

You want to safeguard your data and your computer from intruders, corruption, and loss. It's especially important to protect databases because they can contain confidential and other vital information. If you're a business, databases can also be critical to your daily operations.

By using antivirus software, taking due precautions when opening files, and maintaining a safer database environment, you'll be on your way to working more securely in Access.

To learn more about this course, read the overview in the center of this page or the table of contents in the left column.

When you're done reading this page, click Next to start the first lesson.

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