How to Password Protect a PDF (without Adobe)

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One effective way to secure documents is by using password protection for PDF files. This article will explain what a password-protected PDF is, explore its use cases, and provide a step-by-step guide on how to secure your PDF documents with a password.

What is a Password Protected PDF?

A password-protected PDF is a PDF file that requires a password to open and view its contents.

This security measure prevents unauthorized access, ensuring that only people with the correct password can access the information inside the PDF.

Password protection can also be applied to restrict editing, copying, and printing of the document, providing an additional layer of security.

Alternative to Adobe PDF Passwords

While standard PDF editors offer password protection to be embed directly into the document, this isn’t always the best solution.

These passwords restrict access to the document, even if the PDF is already downloaded to your device.

However, there are alternative (and often better) ways to protect a PDF document without hindering usability.

How to Password Protect a PDF without Adobe Acrobat

Clickly makes it easy to protect a PDF document with a password, while still making it easy to access for users. Here’s how:

  1. Open your Clickly dashboard.
  2. On the left side menu, click ‘File Hosting‘ then click ‘Upload Files‘.
  3. Drag and drop the PDF file into the available field.
  4. Under ‘Password Protection,’ enter your desired password into the field.
  5. Click ‘Upload‘ to create the link, which will be listed on the next page.

With this method, you can send the PDF link to prospective users so they can access and download it by entering the password.

This makes it safer and easier to share you PDF without worrying about unwanted access.

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