This guide explains how to apply security settings in Office Protect


You must have an Office Protect account

How to

There are three security profile presets from which to choose. We recommend the strongest profile with which your company is comfortable. Read the descriptions following the instructions to decide which profile is best for you.


You can also create custom settings. For a list of the customizable settings, consult the "Which security settings can I customize in Office Protect?" article.


1. Select Set from the menu on the left



2. Review and select the security profile from the drop-down menu that you feel best suits your organization’s needs.



3. (optional) You can also use one of our presets security profiles as a starting point to creating your own custom setting. Each custom setting will become available in the drop-down for all your existing and future organizations in Office Protect. To create your own custom security profile, simply review and modify the individual settings.




Security profile presets

1. Low User Impact

Security Impact: Low
User Impact: Low


As the name implies, this profile was designed to help administrators increase the security of Microsoft 365 with minimal impact on end-users. To ensure this, some compromises to best practices were made.


Use Case:

This is a good setting if you wish to activate Office Protect without involving your whole organization. You can also use it to familiarize yourself with the Office Protect process.

2. Recommended Best Practices

Security Impact: High
User Impact: Medium


Office Protect recommends this profile’s settings for typical Small and Medium Businesses. As is often the case with security, this profile is a compromise between the need to protect the organization and practical business realities. It comes from numerous discussions with clients about how they manage their operations.


Use Cases:

Most organizations should use this profile as a starting point, as it makes the most of Microsoft’s existing security features. We recommend that you inform the entire organization prior to implementing these security policies as some changes may impact their work.

3. Max Security

Security Impact: Max
User Impact: High


This profile has every setting supported through Office Protect turned on. It does not consider end-user impact.


Use Case:

This is a good starting point for organizations that want the highest security possible. It is probably worth it to investigate the advanced security features offered by Microsoft licenses. 


If you have any questions, please browse our other FAQs, or contact us directly.


Applicable to

All Office Protect accounts