Protect your personal information and keep it private
Because it is possible for your name, address, phone number, and identity to be stolen, or made public, Microsoft Office, Windows, and Internet Explorer can help keep your personal information more private and secure. The following links take you to instructions that help you, your family, and your business protect one of your most important assets: your personal information.
My privacy in Office
When using Office programs, it’s important to know that personal information about you is stored in the file, such as Author (your name), Manager, Company, and Last Saved By. Additional information that can remain in the document is hidden text, revised text, field codes, or your email address. By using the instructions in the following articles, you can delete this information.
Example of personal information saved in Word 2003 documents
What version of Office am I using?
Office 2010 and Office 2013
The Trust Center is where you can make privacy and security choices in Office.
You can make sure personal information doesn’t get to the wrong person.
You have the option of what information is shared with Microsoft, and this version introduced the Trust Center where you can make privacy and security choices that you want.
My privacy in Windows
You can use the following instructions for your operating system to make sure your privacy and personal information is protected. If you’re not sure what version of Windows you have installed, click the following link.
What version of Windows do I have?
Windows 7: What is InPrivate browsing?
InPrivate browsing prevents Internet Explorer from storing data about your browsing session. This helps prevent anyone else who might be using your computer from seeing where you visited and what you looked at on the web.
Get to know this very useful security tool that helps detect and remove spyware from your computer.
Read about some things you can do in Windows XP.
My privacy in Internet Explorer
When you’re shopping, browsing, playing games, or downloading pictures, you can make sure that your privacy is more secure when you’re using Internet Explorer. If you’re not sure what version of Internet Explorer you have installed, click the following link.
What version of Internet Explorer do I have?
Internet Explorer 7 and 8
You can help prevent being a victim of fraud and identity theft.
Internet Explorer 8
Learn about cookie settings, Pop-up Blocker, and InPrivate browsing.