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Chapter 33. Word Document Privacy and Se... > Understanding and Using Word 2003's ...

Understanding and Using Word 2003's Privacy and Security Features

Companies and individuals are increasingly concerned about the security of their documents and computer systems. In this chapter, you'll learn about Word's many options for increasing document and computer security. If you store documents on network servers, you can combine Word's security features with the access restrictions built into your network operating system to tailor a security approach that meets the needs of your organization. Word's security features include

  • Password-protected encryption of various strengths

  • Privacy features that allow you to strip personal information and interim comments out of a document before you forward it to others

  • New Information Rights Management features that allow you to control who can read and edit your document, and even give documents “expiration dates” after which they cannot be read at all

  • Support for digital signatures that confirm the identity of individuals who have created a document

  • Limited macro virus protection, largely intended to supplement third-party antivirus software, not replace it

  • Improved document protection features that limit the changes that can be made to a document


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