Protecting a shape file from being edited

12-01-2014 09:49 AM
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Hello all,

I am looking for a way to protect my shape file from being edited. Is it possible to prevent a shape file from being edited, but still available for visualization.


Thank you for your help


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​You can't protect it from anyone with a moderately good level of computing knowledge or 12 year old children.

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If you only need protection from inadvertent editing, changing the file attribute of the shapefile by right clicking on the file in explorer selecting properties and ticking the box for read-only should do the trick. It is however just as easy to tick it off.