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Document Detective also provides reviewers with several scripts that may be used to automatically strip sensitive information from documents. For example, the "Auto Compress" function removes cropped areas from images, converts embedded OLE objects to images and compresses images to remove hidden details.

Our tests did reveal a flaw in the application: It does not provide full functionality when processing encrypted documents. When we opened an encrypted Word document with Document Detective, it started an instance of Word that prompted us for the document password. The application then successfully processed the encrypted document, but then failed when we attempted to use the "Send to Application" function.

In its current form, Document Detective provides security officials with a powerful tool that incorporates document-review best practices that otherwise require tedious manual checking. However, it needs a more robust interface before it can really

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This was first published in July 2006

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