RE: Making Word documents dead-only?

Subject: RE: Making Word documents dead-only?
From: Mike Stockman <stockman -at- jagunet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 11:35:54 -0400

On 7/24/00 11:30 AM, Tom Johnson (johnsont -at- starcutter -dot- com) wrote:

>About the best you can do is make it as hard as possible to edit.

I disagree. If you're concerned about the document being hacked and
edited, "about the best you can do" would be to digitally sign it, as PGP
and other products might do, with a lengthy checksum. That way, anyone
who wants to can hack and edit however they want, but only your
unmodified original will satisfy the digital signature.

Why go to great lengths to do something that can be cracked anyway
(obscuring the document at 72 dpi, making it read-only, etc.) when you
can easily make your original the only "real" version? Life's too short
to worry about who's changing your text. Prevent bad consequences, and
move on.


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