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Office security basics

Can anyone see your documents? Learn how to protect them.
Learn about security fundamentals in Microsoft Office programs and what you can do to help protect your computer and documents. Find out about digital signatures, some basic information about macros and viruses, and how to create strong passwords to help protect your documents.

About this course

This course includes:

  • Three self-paced lessons and two practice sessions for hands-on experience.
  • A short test at the end of each lesson; tests are not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Create robust passwords and password-protect documents in Microsoft® Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Understand the importance of using antivirus software.
  • Define what a macro is and set macro security levels to protect against viruses.
  • Check a digital signature to see if a macro was created by someone you can trust.

Worried about computer viruses? Does the mention of malicious macros scare you? Is there a way to protect yourself from these things?

Security has a very high prominence and many people worry about whether their computers are secure. This course will introduce you to the basics of security in Office and give you some resources you can go to for more information.

To learn more about this course, read the overview in the center of this page or the table of contents in the left column. Then click Next to start the first lesson.

The lessons in this course cover security principles for all Office programs. However, the practice sessions use Microsoft Word 2003 and Microsoft Excel 2003. You'll need to have these programs installed on your computer to complete the practices.

Lessons two and three in this course are also in Help secure and protect data in Excel.

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