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Information from the properties of a Word document (on the File menu, click Properties) is not encrypted and can be read if a password-protected file is opened using a text editor (for example, Notepad). The contents of the following fields of the document properties are included in the file data stream and are not encrypted with the document text:
or any other custom field and value you add to the Custom tab.
Any text, value, or path information that is entered into any of the above listed fields appears when a password-protected file is opened in a text editor.
The most severe security issues are the result of Word automatically populating three of these fields without user intervention:
On the File menu, point to Properties and click the Summary tab. Clear any fields that would cause security concerns for the document. Repeat these steps for the Custom tab.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.