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A program which allows a user to create, view, and amend, the contents of certain types of files. There are several types of editors, the most common being Text Editors, and Hex (Hexadecimal) Editors.

Editors work at the lowest level, either in ASCII (Text Editor) or directly with disk contents (Hex Editor).

Although text Editors, e.g. Notepad in Windows®, are common, companies should give consideration to staff access to Editors, particularly the more powerful types - such as Hex Editors. A Hex Editor can do considerable damage to the contents of computer files, which may not be recoverable.

NB, Although Word Processors and other programs can be used to edit their own files, they are NOT Editors in this context.

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