Cnet: Password protection in Microsoft Word criticized

My spin: Word, AND OTHER application password tools suck. You can find many programs for free and fee that can break many basic office application passwords!
Microsoft Word documents that use the software’s built-in password protection to avoid unauthorized editing can easily be modified using a relatively simple hack that was recently published on a security Web site.
Known as the Password to Modify feature, the password-protection mechanism in Microsoft Word can be bypassed, disabled or deleted with the help of a simple programming tool called a hex editor. The hack does not leave a trace, meaning an unauthorized user could remove the password protection from a document, edit it and replace the original password.
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