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Microsoft® Excel® 2010 Inside Out by Mark Dodge and Craig Stinson

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Controlling Document Access with Information Rights Management

Information Rights Management (IRM) technology, introduced in Microsoft Office 2003, has been improved in Microsoft Office 2010. IRM lets you, the creator of an Excel (or other Office) document, specify which users or groups of users are permitted to read, edit, print, or copy that document. As a means of preventing unauthorized access to or use of your work, it’s a more robust mechanism than traditional firewall methods because the access controls remain with your file, even if your file is moved to a different storage medium. It’s also more convenient and more robust than file-level password protection. Rather than distributing passwords to authorized users, you can simply name those ...

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