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Need advice on 'locking' Word documents so they are uneditable, unprintable, uncopyable

We need to be able to share and publish documents but we need to be able to make the files so they can't be printed, copied, edited, etc. Basically lock them down. Is Adobe Acrobat a better solution than Microsoft Word? I know we can't completely stop someone from copying the text, but I want to take every step I can to stop the plagiarization of a client's work. Any advise is helpful. I am currently running Microsoft Word 2010.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Adobe Acrobat does have security settings to lock it down.  And more people will be able to view the document with Adobe Reader than with Microsoft Word.   Reader is free and Word is not.
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V4705Commented:
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bluedogcsAuthor Commented:
We need to be able to email files out for review. Is Acrobat the best solution?
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I always use PDF files when I don't want them to be easily edited.  Adobe PDF Reader is also more common than Microsft Word.
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bluedogcsAuthor Commented:
so with Acrobat Pro I can ;lock' the files so they cannot be printed? Can I also make it so none of the text can be selected? Also can be set so the PDF cannot be printed?
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
If you open any PDF document and look at "Properties" on the File menu, then look at the Document Restrictions on the Security tab, you will see the things that you can restrict.  I think 'restrict' is a good word to describe them.  Note that those restrictions only really apply in Adobe Reader.  Don't think of it as being 'secure' because there are other ways of getting the information out of the document.  But those are probably good enough for most uses.
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bluedogcsAuthor Commented:
Acrobat is exactly what we need. Thanks Dave
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You're welcome, glad to help.
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