To be honest, I've always thought paying a CA to authenticate who you
are is a waste of money, and especially so for Access applications
except in very rare case where the application is marketed as a
shrink-wrapped applications. But most of Access applications out there
are used almost exclusively inhouse, either developed by an employee or
by a consultant whom the manager/owner knows/trust. Thus, SSL
certifications (which requires a CA authority to "work") makes no sense
in that context.
I agree totally, a digitial certificate is a complete waste of money for
most of us delivering custom apps to customers. We just don't need it.
However, Microsoft made such a horrific mess out of the whole VBA security
scheme, I was desperate to try anything that would prevent me from having to
analyze the specific security situation of every PC at every customer I work
with. The trouble with all the work arounds is they are highly specific to
what version of Windows, whether it's a runtime or not, the user's access
privledges, etc. My customers have a wide variety of situations as far as
OS, runtime vs full access, administrative rights on their PC etc. This is a
And sure, again, I could spend hundreds of dollars and hours of learning
time on the SageKey product (which I hear is a very good product for those
that need what it does) but, all of that time/effort/money would be expended
just to shut up Microsoft's security messages. I don't need an installation
script to install my databases.