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How to make best use the security options in Adobe Acrobat XI Pro 11.0.18?

I use PDFs for publishing content that I want to protect from copying.

Adobe Acrobat's instructions provide options which go beyond my knowledge.

Experts, please, how should I optimize Adobe Acrobat's security options so I can protect text from copying?

Gordon
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Tapan PattanaikSenior EngineerCommented:
Hi Gordon_Atherley,


1. At the top right in Acrobat, click the Tools pane. Open the Protection panel.
2. Click Encrypt, and select Encrypt With Password. Confirm that you want to change the security of the document.
3. In the Password Security Settings dialog box, you can add two types of passwords.
4. Enable copying or text, images and other content

The Document Open password restricts who may open the document

For more details, Please check the below URL:

http://www.adobe.com/content/dam/Adobe/en/products/acrobat/pdfs/adobe-acrobat-xi-protect-pdf-file-with-permissions-tutorial-ue.pdf

https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/how-to/security-permissions-protect-pdf-files.html
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Gordon_AtherleyAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Tapan Pattanaik.

I'll follow the instructions and report back.

Gordon
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btanExec ConsultantCommented:
Also to share the below step in summary in general for office apps. Note there is two type of password and you can use the type to prevent copying instead of restrict opening, if you allow any user to open.

1. Click the Acrobat menu at the end of your Office application Ribbon to display the task ribbon.
2. Click Create PDF. Under the filename, select Protect PDF.
3. In the Security dialog box, you can add two types of passwords.
 a. The Document Open password restricts who can open the document.
 b. The Permissions password restricts printing, editing, and copying based on your selections.
4. Click OK and confirm the passwords chosen.
5. Type a name for your file, and click Save.
6. Acrobat creates the protected PDF file.
In your case, you can also tap on the restrict options in an existing PDF file to restrict others from editing your PDF file with Acrobat XI.
Prevent others from editing your PDF files using the new Restrict Editing with Password tool in the Acrobat protection panel.
1. At the top right in Acrobat, click the Tools pane. Open the Protection panel.
2. Click Restrict Editing. Confirm that you want to change the document security.
3. Type and confirm a password. Click OK.
4. Type a name for your file, and click Save. You must save the document to apply the new security
To add other restrictions, it is then back to the above mentioned to further protect your PDF file with permissions with Acrobat XI.
1. At the top right in Acrobat, click the Tools pane. Open the Protection panel.
2. Click Encrypt, and select Encrypt With Password. Confirm that you want to change the security of the document.
3. In the Password Security Settings dialog box, you can add two types of passwords.
• The Document Open password restricts who may open the document.
• The Permissions password restricts printing, editing, and copying based on your selections.
4. Click OK and confirm the password(s) chosen.
5. You must save the document to apply the new security settings. Type a name for your file, and click Save.
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Gordon_AtherleyAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Batan. I'll study this additional information
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Gordon_AtherleyAuthor Commented:
Thank you Tapan Pattanaik and Batan for your very helpful advice.

Tapan Pattanaik your referred me to Adobe Acrobat which is what I asked about in my question.

Batan you referred me to the use of Word 2016 to create a secure PDF file, which is especially convenient for me.

I'm therefore selecting Assisted Solution for you both.

Thank you
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Gordon_AtherleyAuthor Commented:
Much appreciated
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btanExec ConsultantCommented:
Thanks for sharing.
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