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 MicrosoftWord and MicrosoftPowerPoint also.
When we open a file like that, a SecurityWarning line appears below the ribbon as we can see in the image below. The SecurityWarning informs us that Automatic Updates Of Links Has Been Disabled. If we are sure about the file we can press the EnableContent button in order to edit and view the file.
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: SecurityWarning– Active Content Might Contain Viruses And Other Security Hazards. The Following Content Has Been Disabled:
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 TrustCenterSettings in order make the settings that we want in the TrustCenterSettings window.
If we want to know more about ActiveContent we select the command LearnMoreAboutActiveContent and the Help window will appear providing us with more information about ActiveContent.
We can always select the EnableContent button where we have the following two options:
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 AdvancedOptions command, the MicrosoftOfficeSecurityOptions 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
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 MessageBar category selected at the left of the window. Under the MessageBarSettingsForAllOffice Applications area, we can adjust if we want the MessageBar to be or not displayed for active content.
We can always select from the TrustCenter window the category ProtectedView from the left of the window to do the adjustments about the ProtectedView function. As we can see in the image below we have several options about ProtectedView. We can activate or deactivate commands depending on what we want to do.
As mentioned above the same procedure is followed for Microsoft Word and MicrosoftPowerPoint.
Below you can check out the video describing Security Warning in Excel 2013.