Do you have information in your PDF document's that not everyone should see? Are you worried that someone will get access to that private information? Lucky for you there is a solution. There are several things you can do to protect your PDF files. We'll go over how to password protect a PDF as well as other protection techniques.
There are a few ways you can password protect PDF file. The first way is to use Adobe Acrobat. The first thing you need to do is open up Acrobat. After you've got it open go to "File" and then "Document Security". Click the drop down menu that says "Security Options" and then click "Acrobat Standard Security". When you get inside look for a box with the label "Password required to open document" and check the box next to it. Now all you need to do is type in a new password or edit your old password.
After you have added a password you need to make sure to do one more step. Your file isn't truly secure until you password protect PDF file a second time. When you are at the screen to add a password, look for a check box that says "required password to change permissions or password". You'll want to check that box and enter a password. By completing this final step you make sure you're the only person who can edit your document's password.
There is still another way you can learn how to password protect a PDF. In Windows XP and beyond you can ZIP a file without any extra software. When you ZIP a file you also have the chance to add a password to open it. Another great way to password protect your PDF files.
There are several things you need to do to ZIP a PDF file with a password. First find the file you want to protect. Then right click on it and choose "Sent To" and then pick "Compressed (zipped) Folder." That will create a new zipped folder. Now you simply copy your PDF and paste it to your new ZIP folder. To then password protect your new folder right click the folder and pick "Explore." Then in the "File" menu choose "Add a Password."
Now you will be able to keep all your sensitive information safe. The second technique works for any file, not just PDF's. Stay safe out there and password protect your files!
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