Securing data in map packages
I would like to create a map package that once distributed, users couldn't modify the underlying datasets, but may adjust symbology. I thought I saw a white paper or article on this issue recently but I can't remember if it was here on the Mapping Centre website or somewhere else within ESRI's websites.
Mapping Center Answer:
Packaging compressed file geodatabase data is the easiest way to do this though users can ultimately uncompress the data if they want to. You can compress vector file geodatabase feature classes and tables to a read-only format. A compressed dataset is read-only and therefore cannot be edited or modified in any way except for changing its name and modifying attribute indexes and metadata.
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