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Viruses can be hidden in Microsoft Word documents

Use caution when downloading documents and templates attached to emails. They might contain macros-related viruses, which are designed to infect files like Microsoft Word documents. Once you download and open the attachment, the infection will spread, embedding itself in other documents on your computer.

Watch out for macros in Microsoft Office

A Microsoft Office macro is a shortcut. It contains code that allows a certain sequence of steps to be automatically performed within documents. Unfortunately, macros have long been favorite tools among cyberattackers, who use them to run malicious code. Unless you absolutely need them, consider disabling macros in the Trust Center of Microsoft Office to […]

Use the latest versions of Microsoft Office and other popular applications

Microsoft Office and productivity software in general are both magnets for cyberattacks, since they’re so widely used, meaning any successful attempt will have huge ripple effects. Accordingly, you should, if possible, use the latest versions of these applications, as they’re much more secure than their predecessors and are patched against many known vulnerabilities.

Create a password reset key on Microsoft Windows

If you forget the password to your local account on your PC, all might seem lost, since there’s no one to email for a reset link. However, you can hedge against this possibility by creating a password reset disk beforehand. “Disk” is a misnomer; all you’ll need is a USB stick or SD Card. Simply […]

The most common malware affecting Microsoft Office – and how to avoid it

What malware should you know about when using Microsoft Office?

AntiVirus software checks an increasing variety of files, rather than just executables

For instance, powerful macros used in word processor applications, such as Microsoft Word, present a risk. Virus writers could use the macros to write viruses embedded within documents. This meant that computers might now also be at risk from infection by opening documents with hidden attached macros.