RE: Password protecting OST

  • From: "Medeiros, Jose" <jmedeiros@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "[ExchangeList]" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 09:26:07 -0700

Hi Danny, 

My intention's are not to belittle you. I just don't understand your point, the 
PST password   once entered when opening outlook, will not be required again 
until that outlook session is closed. As for viewing a OST file from another 
system, there is a security identifier that will prevent you from opening the 
OST from another Outlook mail client. Of course you can always use a third 
party program to convert the OST to a PST and effectively bypass this 
identifier feature but that is no different then using a crack to delete the 
PST password.

Your best security measure is use a OS that allows you to lock the desktop when 
your away or that requires a password to log into it.

BTW: Certifications are only a baseline measure of one's abilities. I am sure 
that Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Steve Jobs and Michael Dell, all college drop 
outs, do not have any certification either.

Hope this helps!

Jose Medeiros

-----Original Message-----
From: Danny [mailto:nocmonkey@xxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2005 8:53 AM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] RE: Password protecting OST

On 4/29/05, Medeiros, Jose <jmedeiros@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi Danny,
> I really don't think that having a password on a OST would be that secure and 
> for that
> matter having one on a PST is easily cracked in a matter of minutes.

I don't want you to misunderstand my intentions, so let my clarify by
stating that I am well aware of the fact that a password protected PST
(or OST) is not the panacea to securing access to the locally stored
email.  In fact, I believe in layers of protection/defences.  Do you
have locks on the doors to your house?  Do you believe they will stop
someone determined to get inside?  Anyway, I hope this clarifies my

> Your best solution is to use NT / 2000 / XP and have your users lock their 
> desktop when
> they are away. Keep in mind any Operating System, including Linux, MAC OS and 
> even
> Solaris can be broken into if you have physical access to the system.

Fortunately I learnt this in kindeegarten; I just don't have any
related certifications to place beside my name/signature to prove it.


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