Assuming you're talking about Access, neither solution is particular good.
To get proper security, you need to implement Access Security, as described
at http://support.microsoft.com/support...ent/secfaq.asp (For
Access 97, the database password is next to useless: see
http://www.trigeminal.com/lang/1033/...asp?ItemID=5#5 for more details)

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"Chris Jantze" <tech@addison.attbbs.com> wrote:
>
>Which is a better solution: setting up a custom permissions file and shipping
>it out with your app, or setting a password on the databases?
>
>We currently have the permissions file set up, but are restructuring all
>of the databases so it's a great time to implement any changes. Thanks

in
>advance.