Enable password protection in Adobe® Acrobat® 7.0 Standard


Password protection is one of the easiest yet safest methods to protect any valuable data or information. Adobe® Acrobat® 7.0 Standard comes with an advanced level of protection which is very comprehensive and yet easy to manage.


The following overview will help you understand password protection in Adobe® Acrobat® 7.0 Standard:




  • Basic password protection factors for Adobe® Acrobat® 7.0 Standard

  • Password security and levels of basic password protection in Adobe® Acrobat® 7.0 Standard

  • Understanding the role played by password protection in Adobe® Acrobat® 7.0 Standard



Basic password protection factors for Adobe® Acrobat® 7.0 Standard



One of the main features of Adobe® Acrobat® 7.0 Standard edition is scalable level of security. A Portable Document Format or PDF document can be protected by various methods. You can either prevent unauthorized viewing of the document or prevent it from being printed & edited. You can also protect the text and graphics in PDF document to be copied or extracted from it. The password protection method is employed when you want a file-by-file security for your data.



Password security and levels of password protection in Adobe® Acrobat® 7.0 Standard



Password security is one of the built-in encryption methods in Adobe® Acrobat® 7.0 Standard. There are mainly 3 levels of basic protection of files using a password in Adobe Acrobat® namely Document Open Password, Permissions Password and Printing and changes allowed Password. To use Document Open Password you need to open an Adobe Acrobat® PDF file and select “Document Security option” from “File menu”. After this open “security options drop down menu” and select the option “Acrobat Standard Security”. Then checkmark the box “password required to open document” and enter password. For Permissions Password you need to checkmark in the box labeled “require password to change permissions or password” and enter password. This password cannot be the same as the one required to open the document. If you want to set Printing & Changes allowed Password then you need to follow the above mentioned procedure and check any of the mentioned options as per your requirement. The options are suppress printing of PDF document, suppress changing of document, suppress content copying, suppress image extraction and suppress adding or changing comments.



Understanding the role played by password protection in Adobe® Acrobat® 7.0 Standard


When you protect files with the above passwords in Adobe® Acrobat® 7.0 Standard, all the features related to the protection measures will be dimmed in the various menu bars. An Adobe® Acrobat® 7.0 Standard file can have a user password and a master password. If a PDF file has both of them, either passwords can be used to open the file. A password only offers a basic level of protection to your files.




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