Follow the steps below to encrypt Word or Excel files with a password. Per the Concordia Data Encryption Policy, this is required for any document that includes a student's sensitive personal identifiable information .

1. Open your document and click File.
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2. From File, select Info then Protect Document
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3. Select Encrypt with Password from the drop down.
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4. Enter the password you would like to use and click OK. You will be asked to enter it twice. Please note: it is ideal to use a password with multiple characters and would not be easy to guess, for more info on creating a strong password, click here.
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5. You can now save the file like you would normally and store it on your hard- drive or share it with other users. For security purposes, it is not wise to send the password along with the encrypted file to another user.

Updated 3/27/14