How to Secure Office Office 97 Office 2000 Office XP Macro Install the latest security update (see KB Install the latest Service Pack for Office 2000, SR-2, Default Macro Security level is High - Option to not Security (Knowledge Base) article Q248710 OFF97: from the following site, install VBA adds an additional level of assurance to Overview and History of Office 97 Patches) http://office.microsoft.com/downloads/2000/SP2upd. avoid viruses (Note: Access requires VBA) aspx Office 97 does not have the underlying security architecture necessary to fully protect against macro viruses. Consider upgrading to Office 2000 or Office XP and take the below actions Block Office files types in e-mail attachments for computers where Office 97 is installed. Turn on Macro virus protection and view critical KB security article Q310365 from the following site http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;E Personal N-US;q310365 Q223790 How to Minimize Follow KB article Follow KB articles Q237361 How to Minimize You have the option to remove personal information Information Metadata in Word Documents Q223793 How to Metadata in Word Documents Q314797 How to (metadata) from file on save in in Minimize Metadata in PowerPoint Presentations as Minimize Metadata in PowerPoint Presentations as Tools/Options/Security documents doc properties not encrypted doc properties not encrypted Install Office 97 SR-2b from, Use SelfCert.exe to create digital certificates for Anti-virus programs available, compatible with the http://office.microsoft.com/downloads/9798/sr2off97detail.aspx signing Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications Office XP anti-virus API (ie Norton AV 2k retail) (VBA) projects, or use 3rd party certificate authority, documents scanned on open for example, Verisign File Simple encryption, advise to use passwords Simple encryption, advise to use passwords You can choose a specific encryption algorithm and Encryption bit-length to encrypt files (allows more secure passwords) in Tools/Options/Security/Advanced Outlook Outlook 97: Install the mail attachment security add- Install the Office SR-1 Email Security update from, Security in from, http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en- http://office.microsoft.com/Downloads/2000/Out2ksec.aspx us;Q165116 Outlook 98: Install the E-mail Security Update from, http://office.microsoft.com/downloads/9798/out98sec.aspx Reference For a baseline security checklist see, http://office.microsoft.com/assistance/2002/articles/oSecurityChecklist.aspx For an online security check go to, http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/security/tools/mpsa.asp Whilst all efforts have been made to ensure the information contained is accurate and up to date, security is not a once off fix. Please subscribe to the Microsoft Security Notification Service at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/security/bulletin/notify.asp and visit http://www.microsoft.com/security/ to ensure you remain up to date on the best practices to maintain security on your Microsoft platforms.