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Chapter 28. Addressing Document Protecti... > Safeguarding Against Macro Viruses

Safeguarding Against Macro Viruses

Although the overriding purpose of macros is to streamline common tasks and procedures performed in Word and other applications, the unfortunate fact is that macros can also serve as a breeding ground for computer viruses. A macro virus is a type of computer virus that originates within a file, a template, or an add-in. As a Word user contemplating security issues, you need to be aware of macro viruses and how you can configure Word to assist you in recognizing when a macro might present a risk.

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Microsoft devotes a number of areas on its Web site to security issues. For example, if you want to find out more about security, visit http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security and http://www.microsoft.com/security. You can also visit the Office site, at http://www.microsoft.com/office, and search for security using the Search This Site text box.



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