Secure PDF :
Copy Protecting PDF Documents
The options included in most PDF creation include password
protection, expiry protection and print protection. Unfortunately these
security options can be exploited when using
generic PDF readers. To appreciate the extent of this weakness
one only has to perform a web search "protect PDF" to see numerous PDF protection
most of which are useless because they can be decompiled using free software to
extract all content including text and images.
Password protection is only as secure as the reader used and
there is free software available for extracting PDF passwords
that works with most generic PDF. To properly
protect PDF documents a "secure reader" is needed, one that has been
specially designed resist all exploitation and hack methods.
Setting an expiry date on a PDF document is
a common practice but it is easily exploited by setting back the computer's date to rejuvenate an expired
document. To properly secure PDF expiration, the reader should
refer to an online timer server.
Limiting the number of prints cannot be maintained
without logging usage and the most secure method for logging is
by using an DRM database online. Any reader trying to police its own security as a standalone application
will be keeping its records on the user's computer and thus
be exposed to exploit.
There is nothing that can prevent one from sending a file to others, but it is possible to restrict the use of that
To properly prevent forwarding DRM can be applied to documents to control access to the document's contents, ie:
without approval from the author the document cannot be
Preventing a document's contents from being copied is a most
difficult task because while a
document is open its contents can be copied by many techniques
including copy-and-paste, using Print Screen or screen capture
PDF Security Summation
does what no other "file protection" can do by protecting
PDF from all save and copy including screen capture! CopySafe PDF
caters to all of the above mentioned deficiencies plus:
- Secure PDF reader that is not exploitable.
- PDF documents cannot be extracted for their
- Option to set passwords that cannot be
- Option to prevent printing and limit by print
- Option to set an expiry dates by calendar or first
- Prevent copy by Print Screen.
- Prevent copy by all screen capture software.
enables one to distribute protected PDF via email, download and
on CD that can viewed using the CopySafe PDF Reader (a
free desktop application). When DRM is applied authors can have total control
over all documents even those saved to a user's
computer. CopySafe PDF also caters for web page display and is
the only solution that can display PDF on a web page while being
protected from all methods of copy.
CopySafe PDF licensing includes a free DRM service to manage
user and document permissions. Author status on a DRM server
grants the ability to add and manage all
aspects including user, groups, documents and protections
settings with immediate effect on any changes made.
Free trial accounts for
DRM can be created enabling up to 14 days to
evaluate the many features of what is the most secure document
protection solution available today.
Downloading CopySafe PDF Software
The CopySafe PDF Protector and Reader software can be
Various free modules are available for using CopySafe PDF in
WordPress, Drupal, Joomla and Moodle website CMS applications.
The DRM Portal can also be purchased and installed on your own
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