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Secure PDFs with Acrobat Pro's Document Certification

Added on Sunday 4th of January 2009 09:23 am EST

 
Application > Adobe Acrobat Professional 7
Operating Systems > Macintosh, Microsoft Windows

Heightened security has become a way of life in recent years. It's necessary at airports, banks, and even shops and restaurants. We use it to prevent unwanted interference in the things we do, and the way we do it. We also use it in communications. Communications security has become a major concern not only in the government and military establishments, but in the business and private sectors as well. Central to these security concerns is that of the internet and email. Much time and effort has gone into elaborate software encryption methods to keep messages safe.

However, these high-tech security systems can be prohibitively expensive if not unavailable. But there is a solution when you require added protection to documents you email. It's simple, easy, and best of all—it's already an included feature in Acrobat Professional, as shown in FIGURE A. Let's first take a brief look at all the different ways you can secure a PDF, and then let's step through the Document Certifications and Digital Signature security options.

Get familiar with your many security options
Electronic document security comes in many forms and Acrobat Professional uses a variety of methods to suit your security requirements. Let's now take a quick look at these choices:
• DOCUMENT CERTIFICATION. Certifies a document to restrict or prohibit subsequent changes or edits to the document.
• DIGITAL SIGNATURE. Adds a signature, either text or image, to indicate approval of a document or a form.
• PASSWORD PROTECTION. Attaches a password to a document to restrict viewing, editing, and printing of the document.
• DOCUMENT ENCRYPTION. Encryp...