Why can't a user add a certified signature to a secured PDF?

New Here ,
Jul 30, 2020

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Users who are using a form I create aren't able to add a certified signature whenever I add 'Protect > Secure with Password to the PDF. How can I allow them to add their certified signatures? I have added the fields and specified the type as 'Signature Blocks' to no avail.

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Create PDFs, How to, PDF forms, Security digital signatures and esignatures

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 30, 2020

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Right.  "Protect" essentially locks the document which is fine for Read Only files.  But documents requiring signature are not Read Only files are they?

https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/securing-pdfs-passwords.html

 

Nancy O'Shea, ACP
Alt-Web Design & Publishing

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Engaged ,
Jul 30, 2020

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You can't add a Certifying signature after protecting with password, but you can Certify at the same time as you add password protection (same Save step)

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Engaged ,
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Actually, you can Certify after saving with a password. I just tried it with a visible signature in a previously authored signature field. Make sure your protection allows signing with digital signatures.

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