Not too terribly long ago, about the only way you could protect a Word document was to password-protect it using a password technology that was decidedly easy to crack. Password-cracking solutions abounded and were available free or practically free. Word has come a long way since then and now offers a variety of different kinds of protection that are a lot better than what was available for Word 97 and earlier, although nothing is 100 percent secure.
Not only does improved technology make protection stronger, but the variety of types of protection has expanded as well. This chapter looks at the types of document protection available to Word users and describes how to use them.
One of the unfortunate things about a piece of software as complicated as Word 2010 is that privacy settings aren't all centrally located. This can make discovering the full range of what's available a bit difficult. Word 2010 is a bit improved over Word 2007 on this score, but it still helps to have a guide. To save you the trouble of searching desperately to find what you can control, here's the definitive list of the different types of protection (and pseudo-protection) Word 2010 offers, and where to find them:
Permission. Restricts ...