Protect your personal information and keep it private

Because it is possible for your name, address, phone number, and identity to be stolen, or made public, Microsoft Office, Windows, and Internet Explorer can help keep your personal information more private and secure. The following links take you to instructions that help you, your family, and your business protect one of your most important assets: your personal information.

My privacy in Office

When using Office programs, it’s important to know that personal information about you is stored in the file, such as Author (your name), Manager, Company, and Last Saved By. Additional information that can remain in the document is hidden text, revised text, field codes, or your email address. By using the instructions in the following articles, you can delete this information.

personal and private information, Document Properties

Example of personal information saved in Word 2003 documents

What version of Office am I using?

What version of Office am I using?

Office 2010 and Office 2013

The Trust Center is where you can make privacy and security choices in Office.

You can make sure personal information doesn’t get to the wrong person.

Office 2007

You have the option of what information is shared with Microsoft, and this version introduced the Trust Center where you can make privacy and security choices that you want.

Office 2003

You can make sure personal information doesn’t get to the wrong person.

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My privacy in Windows

You can use the following instructions for your operating system to make sure your privacy and personal information is protected. If you’re not sure what version of Windows you have installed, click the following link.

What version of Windows do I have?

Which version of Windows do I have?

Windows 7: What is InPrivate browsing?

InPrivate browsing prevents Internet Explorer from storing data about your browsing session. This helps prevent anyone else who might be using your computer from seeing where you visited and what you looked at on the web.

Windows Vista

Get to know this very useful security tool that helps detect and remove spyware from your computer.

Using Windows Defender in Windows Vista

Windows XP

Read about some things you can do in Windows XP.

Windows XP security and privacy

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My privacy in Internet Explorer

When you’re shopping, browsing, playing games, or downloading pictures, you can make sure that your privacy is more secure when you’re using Internet Explorer. If you’re not sure what version of Internet Explorer you have installed, click the following link.

What version of Internet Explorer do I have?

Which version of Internet Explorer do I have?

Internet Explorer 7 and 8

You can help prevent being a victim of fraud and identity theft.

Change Internet Explorer Privacy Settings (versions 7 and 8)

Internet Explorer 8

Learn about cookie settings, Pop-up Blocker, and InPrivate browsing.

Security and privacy features in Internet Explorer 8

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Applies to:
Access 2013, Excel 2013, Office 2013, OneNote 2013, Outlook 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Project Professional 2013, Project Standard 2013, Publisher 2013, Visio 2013, Visio Professional 2013, Word 2013, Access 2010, Excel 2010, Office 2010, OneNote 2010, Outlook 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Project 2010, Publisher 2010, Visio 2010, Word 2010, 2007 Office System, Access 2007, Excel 2007, OneNote 2007, Outlook 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Project 2007, Publisher 2007, Visio 2007, Word 2007, Access 2003, Excel 2003, Office 2003, OneNote 2003, Outlook 2003, PowerPoint 2003, Project 2003, Publisher 2003, Visio 2003, Word 2003