Protect PDF files with permissions

Learn how to protect PDF by using the Protect tool in Acrobat DC to keep your information safe.

By March 25, 2015

 

In this tutorial, learn how to protect PDF by using the Protect tool in Acrobat DC to keep your information safe. Keep others from copying, printing and editing the information in your PDF documents with just a password. (5 minutes)


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6 comments

Lori Kassuba

2 weeks ago

Hi Farhana Ahmed,

You’ll need Acrobat and not just the free Reader in order to password protect a PDF file.

Thanks,
Lori

Farhana Ahmed

2 weeks ago

Trying to password protect PDF file however when clicking on Tools i dont have encrypt option to select

ER

3 weeks ago

Thanks for the hint! I shall try that for sure. Will let the group know what I find. er

Lori Kassuba

3 weeks ago

Hi ER,

The order of how you apply these things is important. First add the security and then reader extend the file.

Thanks,
^LK

Lori Kassuba

3 weeks ago

Hi Maria Catalfio,

I haven’t heard any other instances of this issue. But if you feel it could be a bug please report it here:
http://www.adobe.com/products/wishform.html

Thanks,
Lori

ER

4 weeks ago

I have an extended enabled doc filled with savable form fields and cannot password protect it. If I save a copy, I lose all the save fields functions. tnx er

Maria Catalfio

1 month ago

Either i wrote my password incorrectly (twice) or there is a bug. When i try to unsecure a protected document it says the password is incorrect. It’s the only password i use. What gives?

Lori Kassuba

12, 2015-05-12 12, 2015

Hi John McCombe,

I agree. I would be very beneficial to provide document security perhaps as a low cost service to address your volume. Stay tuned for updates in this area.

Thanks,
Lori

John McCombe

8, 2015-05-06 06, 2015

No.  And not sufficient volume user to make the cost worthwhile.

Lori Kassuba

12, 2015-05-06 06, 2015

Hi John McCombe,

Adding security requires Acrobat and not just the free Reader. Are you using Acrobat?

Thanks,
Lori

John McCombe

11, 2015-05-03 03, 2015

There is no “Security” option in the TOOLS box on the right for my pdf.  And when I go to the Security tab in document properties, it shows “no security”, and the option to “Show details” is greyed out.  So I’m stuck and unable to put a password on the this pdf.

Lori Kassuba

5, 2015-05-01 01, 2015

Hi kathy McKenzie,

Unfortunately there is no way to recover a password if you have forgotten it.

Lori

kathy McKenzie

11, 2015-05-01 01, 2015

I have a lot of password protected PDFs, but i forgot my password. How do I fix this problem?

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