PDF Security to Protect your Documents & Intellectual Property
Why use PDF Security?
PDF security is used to protect PDF documents from unauthorized use and misuse by controlling who can use them and how they can be used.
PDF Security software provides document protection by stopping:
|printing (or limiting the number of prints)
|sharing and saving of unprotected content
|use of protected PDF documents in virtual environments
|printing to non-printers (file, PDF, XPS drivers)
In addition, strong PDF Security software enables you to:
|control document expiry
|watermark PDF files with dynamic user data
|lock PDF files to specific devices
|specify online/offline usage policies
|log document prints and views
PDF Security & Passwords
Most PDF Security solutions rely on passwords, but these can be easily broken and/or shared with others. If you want to:
- Protect IPR from being stolen
- Prevent information leaking to competitors and/or the Internet
- Preserve revenue streams
then you must choose a PDF Security product that uses DRM controls and public key technology to sufficiently protect your intellectual property.
Locklizard PDF Security enables you to:
- Protect your IPR by encrypting PDF files and applying DRM controls so they cannot be used without licensing
- Prevent document leakage by controlling who can use documents and how they use them
- Preserve your revenue streams by ensuring that users have to pay to use documents
Protecting PDF files with Safeguard PDF Security
Locklizard PDF Security locks your protected PDF documents to individual devices (e.g. Windows & Mac computers, iOS & Android tablets) so that they cannot be readily shared with others.
A Secure PDF Viewer decrypts protected content in memory (no cache/temporary files are generated with unprotected content) and applies the appropriate DRM controls to enforce document usage. Protected PDF documents can be revoked on-the-fly, document expiry dates can be extended if and when required, and prints limits can be amended at any time.
Watermarks with dynamic user information (the PDF document only needs to be protected once for all users) can be displayed on protected PDF documents, so that if printing is allowed and the document is photocopied and distributed to others, the document owner can identify the culprit.
Document revocation policies can be easily adhered to by setting expiry dates – once this date has passed documents can no longer be opened.
Safeguard PDF Security Admin System
Locklizard PDF Security is simple to use, and has three components:
- Writer software to protect PDF documents
- Viewer software to view protected PDF documents
- A web based administration and licensing system (cloud hosted or installed on your own server) that holds user and document records
PDF documents are protected locally on your computer (batch mode is supported) and can be uploaded to a web site or sent by email etc. just like any other file.
Authorised users install the Viewer software and activate their license file (by clicking on it) in order to start viewing your protected PDF files. Decryption keys are handled transparently by the licensing server and stored encrypted in a keystore locked to the user’s device. There are no passwords for users to enter, forget, or pass on to others.
A web based administration system enables you to add/edit/delete users and modify their document access. PDF documents can be protected to publications (document groups) to enable simpler allocation of document access. Locklizard PDF Security can also be used to automate your web sales process with the issuing of licenses and document access – no user intervention is required.
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