IRM can give you control over who accesses your documents.
Up to now, you probably didn't know what happened to a document you created after it left your hands. Maybe it was forwarded to people for whom it was never intended. Worse, maybe someone changed it and then published it—and you never knew. Not exactly what you had in mind.
Using Information Rights Management, or IRM, you can set your worries aside. IRM helps prevent sensitive information from being printed, forwarded, or copied by unauthorized people. You can limit access to only those people you choose, and you can set permissions for opening, reading, and changing your document.
IRM is a new feature available in Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003, Microsoft Office Word 2003, Microsoft Office Excel 2003, and Microsoft Office PowerPoint® 2003. The process is the same in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, but since this is a Word course, that's where we'll focus our attention.
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