Pirates don’t just lurk on the ocean any more. You can find information pirates lurking in the dark seas of the Internet waiting to steal your intellectual property. While Portable Document Format (PDF) files make it easy for your business to share information worldwide online, sharing does not mean allowing others to steal from your PDF file. You can restrict access to your documents very tightly, which might make your document hard to use. Before you restrict access, think about what you want your users to accomplish with the PDF so you retain some control, but allow them to use the document too.
Setting Document Permissions
No matter which PDF creation tool you are using, look at the document property settings before you press the conversion button. Document settings on a PDF file can prevent your users from editing, copying, commenting and printing. You can choose the settings you want to enable for users, such as printing but not editing, or allowing users to copy text, images and other content. You can also set a password for these settings.
For an additional layer of security for your PDF, you can not only set a password in the document permissions area, you can also encrypt the document. Using a password can help you monitor access to the PDF. Encrypting a document has some drawbacks. Passwords can be easily lost and forgotten, so you may need to be available to give the password out or change it so your colleague can have access to the document. Passwords are also not unbreakable, but you can make it more difficult to break by using upper- and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols in your password. The type of encryption you choose can affect who can read your document. If you encrypt for Acrobat 7.0 and later, you will get stronger encryption but recipients with earlier versions of Acrobat will not be able to open the PDF.
You can add another layer of security to PDF documents by placing a watermark on the document. A watermark is a light background image, like a company logo, on your PDF pages that cannot be removed easily. Many PDF creation software programs include watermarks as part of the PDF creation process, or you can add watermarks online by using VeryPDF PDF DRM Online Tool.
Information Rights Management (IRM)
If you work for a large business and deal with sensitive information, you might have access to information rights management to encrypt your documents. IRM is usually used with content management software so as the content of the PDF evolves, you can keep track of who created, edited and published the file. Using IRM usually takes a server running content management software like Adobe Content Server and requires a content manager administrator who is familiar with how the software works.
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