MS document encryption



Abut
07-09-2005, 11:53 PM
I want to ensure that documents passworded by our staff are encrypted
with something stronger than the 40-bit encryption provided by default.
Accordingly, I have followed the advice given in the MS Office
Assistance document "Import Aspects of Password and Encryption
Protection" on setting the "DefaultEncryption" registry keys on my PC.

Unfortunately, when I run up Word, even after a reboot, it still seems
to default to 40-bit encryption, though I can select and use the
stronger encryption.

How can I make Word default to using the stronger encryption?

Martin Taylor

David Davis
07-09-2005, 11:54 PM
Are you working in a domain environment? If so you may want to consider using
EFS.
--
David Davis, MCSE, CCNA, Security +
Network Engineer


"Abut" wrote:

> I want to ensure that documents passworded by our staff are encrypted
> with something stronger than the 40-bit encryption provided by default.
> Accordingly, I have followed the advice given in the MS Office
> Assistance document "Import Aspects of Password and Encryption
> Protection" on setting the "DefaultEncryption" registry keys on my PC.
>
> Unfortunately, when I run up Word, even after a reboot, it still seems
> to default to 40-bit encryption, though I can select and use the
> stronger encryption.
>
> How can I make Word default to using the stronger encryption?
>
> Martin Taylor
>
>

Roger Abell
07-09-2005, 11:54 PM
You might be better off by asking this in one of the newsgroups
specifically for Office or Word, and be sure that you mention
the involved versions. Windows itself has not had a default of
40 bit encryption for a very long time, which would likely make
most of the people in this newsgroup scratch their head a little
as it implied that your Word application is implementing its
own encryption methods.

--
Roger Abell
Microsoft MVP (Windows Security)
MCSE (W2k3,W2k,Nt4) MCDBA
"Abut" <taylormc2305@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
news:1118680500.318773.211260@g49g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
> I want to ensure that documents passworded by our staff are encrypted
> with something stronger than the 40-bit encryption provided by default.
> Accordingly, I have followed the advice given in the MS Office
> Assistance document "Import Aspects of Password and Encryption
> Protection" on setting the "DefaultEncryption" registry keys on my PC.
>
> Unfortunately, when I run up Word, even after a reboot, it still seems
> to default to 40-bit encryption, though I can select and use the
> stronger encryption.
>
> How can I make Word default to using the stronger encryption?
>
> Martin Taylor
>


MS document encryption