You can protect your Word documents from prying eyes and itchy fingers.
You’ve created a critical Word document, one that you wish to keep private or that you want to share with only certain people. But perhaps you don’t want others to be able to edit the document, and you certainly don’t want it to fall into the wrong hands. How can you protect your document?
Word offers a few options:
- You can finalize the document to alert people not to edit it.
- You can encrypt the document with a password so only people who know the password can access it.
- You can restrict the type of editing others can perform on the document.
- You can add a digital signature to the document to ensure that no one can tamper with it.
- And you can employ more than one of these tactics to truly secure your document.
Let’s look at the many ways you can protect your Word documents.
As always, I’m using Word 2016 here, but the options for protecting a document are the same for the prior couple of versions of Word.