Microsoft Office document files you download from the internet can harm your PC. Office files can contain dangerous macros, but macros aren’t the only risk. With new malware attacking PCs through dangerous Office documents that don’t even contain macros, keeping yourself safe in Office is just one of the security practices you should follow.
When you download and open an Office document, it will open in “Protected View” by default. You’ll see a yellow banner message at the top of your screen warning you to stay in Protected View unless you need to edit the document. Protected View allows you to view—but not edit—the document. This helps protect your PC. You should only enable editing for a document if it’s from a source you trust.
For example, Protected View stops the current Dridex malware in its tracks. But, if you choose to enable editing, the dangerous Office document can use an exploit in Microsoft Office to attack your system.
You can manage your Protected View settings at File > Options > Trust Center > Trust Center Settings > Protected View. Ensure the “Protected View” options here are enabled.
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