Security Issues with Microsoft Word
Security issues with Word can be controlled to some degree by the user
removing the author information stored within the code back-end or metadata of
a Word document.
Activate your Visual Basic toolbar by choosing ViewŕToolbars,
Then click on the Microsoft Script Editor (MSE) button, which is the last
button on the far right.
You'll then be able to see the code stored within a Word document.
( image word_mse003.jpg) Even with the saved document on the desktop
(or anywhere else on the computer) you can simply mouse over to see the author
of the document ( image word_mse003a.jpg).
To clean a Word document of your personal information, to the Tools menu and
select Options (near the bottom of the dialog). Click on the Security tab and
put a check mark in the option, “Remove personal information from this file on
save" (image word_mse004.jpg or word_mse004a.jpg) Remember, the key words here
are ‘on save’. The information will not be verifiably removed until the document
has been saved with this setting selecting.
To verify that your personal information has in fact been removed, you can
mouse over the saved document ( image word_mse005a.jpg) or you can open the
document again, click the MSE button and then see that your personal information
has been removed ( image word_mse005.jpg )
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