Security and Privacy for Microsoft Office 2010 Users

Posted on by Ben Rothke

Encryption, privacy, data protection, macro security are but a few of the vital capabilities for anyone using Microsoft Office (or any office suite of desktop applications for that matter).

In Security and Privacy for Microsoft Office 2010 Users, author Mitch Tulloch shows the reader how they can take control of their Microsoft Office 2010 experience and use the many integrated security and privacy features. 

In 72 pages, the books 4 easy to read chapters certainly won’t overwhelm the reader who it is written for. 

Chapter 1 provides the reader with a general overview of security, privacy and security responsibilities.   

The next 3 chapters go into the details, and there are numerous scenarios the author uses to enable the reader to better understand the security features being discussed.

In chapter 2 on the topic of Office Protected View, it states that one can exit protected view when they sure the party who sent them the file can be trusted.  But the author notes that it raises the question: how can you be sure the file sent to you can indeed be trusted?  He answers that there are no hard and fast answers to this, but does provide some guidelines to help you decide whether to enable editing for the file opened in Protected View. 

In chapter 3, the book details the Document Inspector capability of Office.  Document Inspector enables you to find and remove sensitive and hidden information in your documents.  It provides a central location to examine documents for personal, hidden, or sensitive information. You can then use built-in Document Inspector modules to remove unwanted information more easily. 

The section on Document Inspector alone makes this a must read title. Document Inspector is one of those crucial features that far too many users don’t know about.  Due to the nature of how Office stores and archives metadata, users often send out documents with significant amount of confidential data embedded in the document.  Document Inspector ensures that such data breaches are a thing of the past. 

The chapter continues with an overview of how to use digital signatures in Office, and provides a good overview both visible and invisible digital signatures. 

For those looking for a quick easy to read overview of the security and privacy features of Office 2010, Security and Privacy for Microsoft Office 2010 Users is an excellent resource.  

At $9.99 for the printed version and free for the digital edition, there is no reason that that Security and Privacy for Microsoft Office 2010 Users should not be in the hands of every Office 2010 user.

Ben Rothke

Senior Information Security Manager, Tapad


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