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Privacy Defended: Protecting Yourself Online by Chris Weber, William Chan, Gary Bahadur

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Securing Files on the System

Several programs come with their own security features for file encryption. Sometimes the encryption is strong, and other times it is weak. As an example, Microsoft Office allows you to password-protect files. This protection is supposed to prevent people from opening the file unless they know the password. (However, there have been cracking tools to get around password protection on these files.) As shown in Figure 12.17, Microsoft Word XP offers password protection of Word documents. You can access this through Word by selecting Tools, Options, Security.

Figure 12.17. Microsoft Word XP security features.

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