Program with Passwords and Encryption
You can set passwords and encryption options in code using the Workbook object’s security members, such as the
method. From a security standpoint, it doesn’t make sense to hardcode passwords into Visual Basic macros. Instead, the Workbook object’s security members are generally used in conjunction with User Forms to set passwords and encryption chosen by the user through a customized interface.
You can enforce strong password rules by adding code to a template’s Before_Save event.
How to do it
For instance, you might create a document template (.xlt) for secure documents that can only be saved using a password and encryption. Such a template might include a User Form to get the password (Figure 6-7).
Figure 6-7. Password User Form
The code for the User Form confirms that the password and confirm password text boxes match and allows the user to cancel the operation, as shown here:
' Public fields Public Password As String, Encrypt As Boolean Private Sub cmdCancel_Click( ) Me.Hide Password = "" End Sub Private Sub cmdSave_Click( ) If txtPassword.Text <> txtConfirm.Text Then MsgBox "Password and confirm password must match.", , _ "Confirm Error" Else Password = txtPassword.Text Encrypt = chkEncrypt.Value Me.Hide End If End Sub
Then, the Secure template includes a Workbook-level procedure ...