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encrypt attribute

The encrypt attribute specifies whether the data file should be saved as plain text or using a secure password encrypted format.

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/ encrypt = true("password")


/ encrypt = false


password A string at least 1 character long of letters, numbers, and symbols used to encrypt (and later decrypt) the data file.


This attribute saves the data using a password encrypted format, which is useful protecting against unauthorized viewing of the file's contents. When a password encrypted document is opened in Inquisit, the user is prompted for the password specified by this attribute in order to decrypt the document. Without the password, the document can not be read. If you lose or forget your password, the data can not be recovered.

Encrypted files are saved with the "*.iqdatc" file extension, and plain text files are saved with the ".iqdat" file extension. The encrypted format can only be read by Inquisit. To load the data files into other applications, the data file must be saved as plain text. This can be done by simply opening the encrypted file(s) into Inquisit, then selecting the "Save As" command from the File menu, and changing the file type from ".iqdatc" to ".iqdat".

This command is unnecessary for web experiments that save the data to the millisecond data service, since Inquisit uses standard SSL encryption to transmit the data over the web.


The following encrypts the data file using the given password:

/ encrypt= true("1nquisitRock$")

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