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From Damjan Jovanovic <>
Subject Re: A Question about Open Office Password Protected Text Documenets
Date Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:29:26 GMT
Hi Roger

If you saved them in OpenOffice's default format, OpenDocument (.odt / .ods
/ .odb etc.), then yes. Password protection is part of the OpenDocument
standard, and should be supported by us and other OpenDocument software
such as AbiWord, Gnumeric, Microsoft Office, etc. for a long time. The
encryption techniques are all well documented and use common well
established ciphers, hash functions and password strengthening procedures.

With long term storage, the problem won't be data becoming inaccessible due
to encryption (provided you remember your passwords), so much as the
opposite problem, of data becoming too easily accessible, since older
versions of OpenDocument used weaker encryption ciphers, potentially making
document encryption too easy to crack by future weaknesses discovered in
those ciphers and with more powerful computers in the future.


On Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 3:42 PM, Roger Bentley <>

> Dear Sir/Madam
> I have a large number of important documents that I have created over the
> years in Open Office, which were created as password protected documents.
> Is there any likelihood in the future of any ‘redundancy’ or suchlike
> where these documents would be no longer accessible by future then current
> software etc?  Or will the files always remain safe, in that there will
> always be an Open Office allied program capable of unlocking their password
> protected format?
> I will be very grateful of your reply.
> With sincere regards
> Roger Bentley

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