On Windows operating systems (except Windows CE), SQL Anywhere uses several registry settings. On Unix and NetWare, these settings are held in initialization files instead.
The software installation makes these settings for you, and in general operation you should not need to access the registry or initialization files. The settings are provided here for those people who make modifications to their operating environment.
The contents of .ini files used by SQL Anywhere can be obfuscated with simple encryption using the File Hiding utility. See File Hiding utility (dbfhide).
You should not add simple encryption to the system information file (named .odbc.ini by default) with the File Hiding utility (dbfhide) on Unix unless you will only be using SQL Anywhere data sources. If you plan to use other data sources (for example, for MobiLink synchronization), then obfuscating the contents of the system information file may prevent other drivers from functioning properly.
Current user and local machine settings
Registry settings on installation
Registry settings on Windows CE