Security Warning in Office 2013

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In the previous post of mine I mentioned about how Office 2013 and Windows 8 protects us from files that we wave downloaded from the Internet or received one as an a attachment from Outlook.

Some files that we have downloaded from Internet or received as an attachment from Outlook contain active content with links. In this post the screenshots are from the Excel application but the same procedure is followed for Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint also.

When we open a file like that, a Security Warning line appears below the ribbon as we can see in the image below. The Security Warning informs us that Automatic Updates Of Links Has Been Disabled. If we are sure about the file we can press the Enable Content button in order to edit and view the file.

Security Warning - Enable Content

If we want to make more adjustments to the file in order to activate the content we must press the File tab in order to move to backstage view. Once in backstage view, we notice that the Info category is selected from the left of the drop down menu. Under the Info category we notice the Enable Content button and at the right we notice the following description: Security Warning – Active Content Might Contain Viruses And Other Security Hazards. The Following Content Has Been Disabled:

  • Workbook Links

You Should Enable Content Only If You Trust The Contents Of The File.

  • Trust Center Settings
  • Learn More About Active Content

We can select the command Trust Center Settings in order make the settings that we want in the Trust Center Settings window.

If we want to know more about Active Content we select the command Learn More About Active Content and the Help window will appear providing us with more information about Active Content.

Security Warning

We can always select the Enable Content button where we have the following two options:

Enable Content

  • Enable All Content: Always enable this document’s active content (make this a Trusted Document).
  • Advanced Options: Select which active content should be enabled. This content will be enabled for this session only.

If we select the Enable All Content, the document will become a trusted document.

If we select the Advanced Options command, the Microsoft Office Security Options dialog box appears as shown  in the image below.

Under the Security Alert – Links area, we are informed that Automatic update of links have been disabled. If we choose to enable them our computer might no longer be secure.

Below we are provided with the following two options:

  • Help protect me from unknown content (recommended)
  • Enable Content For this session

Open The Trust Center

If we select Help Protect Me From Unknown Content (Recommended) the workbook will be activated ready for editing but with some limitations in its function.

If we select Enable Content For This Session, we can work on the workbook only on the currently session. If we open it again later on, we will have to follow the same procedure as before.

At the bottom left corner of the Microsoft Office Security Options dialog box we are provided with the Open The Trust Center command as we can see in the image above. Once selected the Trust Center window appears with the Message Bar category selected at the left of the window. Under the Message Bar Settings For All Office Applications area, we can adjust if we want the Message Bar to be or not displayed for active content.

Message Bar Settings

We can always select from the Trust Center window the category Protected View from the left of the window to do the adjustments about the Protected View function. As we can see in the image below we have several options about Protected View. We can activate or deactivate commands depending on what we want to do.

Protected View Settings 

As mentioned above the same procedure is followed for Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint.

Below you can check out the video describing Security Warning in Excel 2013.

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