Higher education documents like add/drop forms and vendor agreements often need extra security for sensitive information. Learn how to password protect your PDF files in five easy steps.

Are you looking for a way to secure documents going to and from campus departments? Do you wish there was an easy way to protect your files with a password?

With Adobe Acrobat, staff and admin can quickly set up a password-protected PDF for anyone who needs to view it. Acrobat helps you reduce risk and increase security with safeguards that are easy and fast to implement.

When you send a PDF with a password attached to it, users can simply enter the password to gain access to the document.

How to Protect a PDF with a Password

  1. Open the PDF file in Acrobat.
    Once you have Acrobat open, select an existing PDF to open. Alternatively, you can scan one of your documents with Adobe Scan, and Acrobat will instantly analyze and open it.
  2. Select File > Protect Using Password, or select Tools > Protect > Protect Using Password.
  3. Choose if you want to set the password for viewing or editing the PDF.
  4. Type the password in twice. It must be at least six characters long.
  5. Click Apply to set the password.

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