Making an unsecure pdf secure

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Jun 01, 2022 Jun 01, 2022

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I have a document that I scanned as pdf but I don't want anyone to have the ability to edit it. Is it possible to save this as a secure, uneditable pdf?

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 01, 2022 Jun 01, 2022

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Hi @viola1998 

 

Yes, you can make the PDF secure. For that, you need to open the PDF in Acrobat DC and then from file> "Protect using password".

Here is a help document you can refer to: https://www.adobe.com/acrobat/how-to/pdf-file-password-permissions.html

 

Let us know if that helps.

 

Thanks,

Harsh

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Jun 02, 2022 Jun 02, 2022

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Hi Viola,

 

What Harsh says is the best way to do that. However, be aware that there are various ways that editing can still be done. For example, not all PDF applications will respect a password. So, for example, if a person wants to, they can print the document out and then scan and OCR the document. 

 

Simply securing that a document cannot be edited is no more "secure" than any lock — with motivation and time, nothing is ABSOLUTELY secure. I just want to make sure you know this going into your project.

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