A macro is a mini program that is designed to automate a task within a larger program in order to make the user experience faster and easier. Macros are a legitimate and important component of any productivity software, including common Microsoft Office software for creating documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.  Macros for Microsoft Office are currently written in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) and work within most Office programs for both Windows and Macintosh, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, Access, Publisher, and Visio. Unfortunately, these efficiency-drivers are easily compromised by hackers. Cybercriminals have figured out that by hiding their malicious code inside Office macros, they  have a good chance of tricking a victim into triggering.

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