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how to prevent people from making soft copies of PDFs/Docs?


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#1 randomystique

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:39 PM

i'm looking for maximum security for confidential documents - the person should not be allowed to make soft copies of the file, transfer it to any other location, or copy any of its contents to another word processor. however, the person should be able to modify or add on contents to the file itself.

i know of pdf encryption features, but it doesn't fulfill all my requirements - e.g. the person still can make copies of the file, send it to others together with the password.

what would be the best solution in this scenario?

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:03 AM

Sorry, I can't help with this, but I do know it's possible. When I worked, I used to get Word documents from an Army organization that could only be read. They could not be edited, printed, or saved with a different name. I could not even copy and paste anything they contained.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 05:54 PM

ah, that's exactly what i need! does anyone else know what kind of software I can get to achieve it?

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 12:06 PM

What authoring tools are you using to create the document? I would start there to make sure that you have the right tool for the job. Most applications have built in features when the document is created to limit accessibility. From your initial query it looks like you're trying to 'put the horse back in the barn' after the fact. Meaning you're trying to secure documents that already exist. This may be more problematic and not as comprehensive as you wish.

Please correct me if I have the wrong perception.

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