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    Office 2003

    I have Office 2003 Pro. How worried should I be after 8 April? I have Libre Office and could switch from Word, Excel and Powerpoint to the Libre equivalents. However, I have a number of Access databases and I've never been able to get my head round Base in Libre Office. I love Access (hence my handle - my initials are mdb as well as being the file type for Access, spooky eh!).

    Is there a (free) database as easy to use as Access 2003?

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    Access,

    If you practice safe computing and have a good multi layered security setup (hardware firewall/Router, Active A/V scanner, Passive A/V scanners, software firewall, link scanner (I like WOT)) I wouldn't worry to much about it. Another step you could take is to generate a self code signing digital certificate and then sign all your Access macros with it and set the security setting to HIGH to prevent all non-signed macros from running. HTH
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    Thanks RG, I'll think about the certificate. I have most of what you have listed for security - and I'll consider what I haven't got (like the link scanner). However, I do try and be careful about what I click and I've taught my wife to be the same.

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    I have both Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice installed and neither list any file types in Base other than their *.odb format in the Open list. Access 2010 shows only *.accdb for Save As but it will open some other types such as .mdb but .odb isn't on the list. Of all the Microsoft applications it seems Access and Outlook are the most 'protected', does make sense in a way since those programs are aimed at businesses.

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