Does Toad for Oracle offer any encryption abilities?
Toad for Oracle does not have any extra data encryption. Toad for Oracle uses the Oracle Client to communicate to an Oracle Server and is no more secure than SQL Plus or any other Oracle connection. It is up to the network administrator to provide security for the network communication. If there are two remote networks it is up to the administrator to establish secure VPN connections between them. Oracle provides some encryption on the database itself called Transparent Data Encryption for something such as theft of the hard drive or backup files. Oracle client/server handles the encryption and decryption transparently hence the name.