Privacy and Security in Microsoft Office

Our new ebook – Protecting your information from prying eyes, theft and deliberate attack

We’re delighted to announce the latest book from Office Watch

Privacy and Security in Microsoft Office

“Protecting your information from prying eyes, theft and deliberate attack”

Privacy & Security in Microsoft Officefocuses on using the security and encryption options available within Microsoft Office and Windows.We show you how to use what is already in Windows and Office for reasonable security at no extra cost.

Available now with a discount for all Office Watch subscribers – pay only US$9.95

So much important information is stored on our computers yet often they are poorly protected.You can walk up to a computer and get to bank account details, budgets, salary info, tax returns as well as much more personal messages.

There is practical, step-by-step, information that you can use right away.We’ll tell you not only how to secure your data but also how it can be revealed with or without your knowledge.Knowing how information can be unlocked is important in case something goes wrong (eg a password is forgotten) and also so you can judge how secure a feature or option really is.

Sending digitally signed and encrypted messages can involve helping the receiver understand what’s going on.This ebook has some examples of how signed messages appear (or not) in various email clients.

We’ve been working with computers and Office for a long time – we’ve seen good security turn around and damage people and companies badly.There’s a potential downside to excessive security and we’ll warn of those pitfalls.

There’s often a lot of focus on communication security like secure web sites but less on vulnerabilities on an individual computer.We have a look at how to protect your computer from prying eyes, the accidental opportunist and the deliberate hacker.


  • Password locking Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents in Office XP, Office 2003, Office 2007 and Office 2010.

  • How to try unlocking a password protected document if you forget the password

  • Some password tricks for MS Office than can make the document considerably harder to crack.

  • Making Office XP and Office 2003 documents more secure.

  • Restricting access to documents so only certain people can edit them.

  • What’s inside your documents that you might not want others to see.

  • Where copies of a document might be hiding – deleting a file isn’t that simple.

  • Get a FREE digital certificate to send secure and encrypted emails from Outlook.

  • Sending emails that people can be sure come from you and not an online impersonator.

  • Sending encrypted emails that only you and the receiver can read.

  • Options for securing your Outlook data, Outlook emails, OneNote and the new Office Web Applications.

  • Tips on making stronger passwords that are harder to guess or crack.

  • Passwords you should avoid and, in same cases, are explicitly banned.

  • The features you can use for free in Windows to secure your computer.

  • A detailed look at Bitlocker, the Windows feature to encrypt your entire hard drive.

  • Wireless networks are easily hacked, we have tips on securing your base station and secure computing on public wireless networks.


· Office 2007– Word 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Outlook 2007 and OneNote 2007

· Office 2003-Word 2003, Excel 2003, PowerPoint 2003, Outlook 2003 and OneNote 2003

· Office XP-Word 2002, Excel 2002, PowerPoint 2002, Outlook 2002

· plus the upcoming Office 2010,Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Outlook 2010 and OneNote 2010

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