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From "Roger Bentley" <>
Subject Re: A Question about Open Office Password Protected Text Documents
Date Fri, 10 Jun 2016 17:29:03 GMT
Dear Ms Shanahan

Thank you very much for your email and comments.

They are greatly appreciated.

Yours sincerely

Roger Bentley

-----Original Message----- 
From: Patricia Shanahan
Sent: Friday, June 10, 2016 3:51 PM
Subject: Re: A Question about Open Office Password Protected Text Documents

That said, if I had a set of business-critical documents, I would test
some sample documents at each major OS, hardware, or office software
upgrade. Before decommissioning the last instance of the old system,
load and read a few sample documents on the new system. If there is a
problem, use the old system to convert to an updated format.

On 6/10/2016 7:29 AM, Damjan Jovanovic wrote:
> 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.
> Regards
> Damjan
> On Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 3:42 PM, Roger Bentley <>
> wrote:
>> 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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