As a former security reporter, it makes me a little queasy to store a password or token in plain text. And that’s basically what happens when you store a password or token string in an R environment variable.

The good news is that if you use R environment variables, they don’t show up in your environment tab. And, if you share your code with someone or post the code on GitHub, you won’t reveal your credentials by mistake.

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The bad news is that an R environment file is a plain text file, dot Renviron. You can see that file if you run usethis::edit_r_environ().

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