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How to password-protect a PDF file without Adobe Acrobat

How to password-protect a PDF file without Adobe Acrobat
20 Sep
2022

Have you ever wanted to password-protect a PDF file? Maybe you have an important document or presentation that needs to be kept away from prying eyes. The good news is that it's relatively easy to password protect a PDF on Windows or OS X using Chrome. Here's how:

Using Chrome is an easy way to password-protect PDFs on OS X and Windows.
If you have a Windows- or Mac-based computer and don't want to use Adobe Acrobat, the Chrome browser is an easy way to password-protect PDFs.


Chrome is free and available for Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android and iOS. It's also the most popular web browser in the world: according to StatCounter (which tracks these things), around 60 percent of all browsers online are using Chrome. So if your goal is to make sure that only those people who have access can read your PDF file, then using this browser will certainly achieve it!


Let's take a look at how this works:
Password protecting a PDF file is relatively simple using Chrome.
If you're using a computer running Google's Chrome browser, you can password protect a PDF file without the need for www.pdfconverter.org . To do this, open your PDF and then click the Save As button from the menu bar at top left. In the resulting window that appears, select More Options. This will open up a second window where you can click on Protect This PDF with a Password (if it isn't already highlighted). Type in your desired password and then click OK to save this change.


Instead of printing something out, save it as a PDF.
● Save documents as PDFs. Instead of printing a document, you can save it as a PDF file. You can do this from any application on your computer, such as Microsoft Word or Excel. It's also possible to create a PDF file from the web: simply right-click on any web page and select "Save As."
● Export documents directly from Google Drive via the Print option. When you open a document in Google Drive, click on File > Print and select "Export as PDF." This will convert your document into an editable format that can be opened with Adobe Acrobat Reader (or with one of its many competitors).
● Open files in other tools like Dropbox or Evernote which allow you to export files directly into a portable format like PDFs so they won't take up valuable storage space until they're ready for use later on down the road when needed again at another time period down stream during all those months ahead when finally getting around enough time left over after work hours spent during weekdays working late nights overtime shifts during weekends too often coming home exhausted after long days away working extra shifts almost every weekend staying late because someone else could not come in early enough instead leaving early enough due those same reasons why people call out sick too often causing many problems including missed deadlines missed meetings missed opportunities missed connections missed connections missing deadlines being late arriving home late making dinner later than usual getting ready for bed later than normal


This will open the Save As dialog to create a new PDF.
● Click on the PDF file you want to protect.
● Select Protect This PDF from the More Options drop-down menu in Acrobat Reader and then click OK.
● Type a password in the box and click Save As.

Select the PDF you just created, then select More options and then Protect this PDF with a password from the menu.
● Select the PDF you just created.
● Select More options from the menu bar, and then click Protect this PDF with a password from the drop-down menu (you might have to scroll down to see this option).
● Type your new password into both fields: Password and Verify Password (do not include a space between them).
● Click OK when you're done to save your changes

Type a password in the box, then click Save As.
● Type a password in the box, then click Save As.
● In order for your PDFs to be protected by a password, you must enter it at either the first time you open them or when saving them from Adobe Reader - so make sure they are at least 6 characters long and not something like "12345" or "password". The last thing you want is someone else accessing your private information! Don’t use any of your other passwords (like Google, computer or email) either - if someone steals your computer they can easily find out all of those things anyway!


Conclusion
Now that you know how to password-protect a PDF file, you can use it to share sensitive information with others. Remember that the password will be visible in the document itself, so make sure your password is not something that someone could easily guess (and change it regularly).

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