How to protect PDF files with a password on an Android.

A woman standing outside uses an Android phone to add password protection to a PDF file.

Your personal details or business finances are vitally important to keep private. Whether you’re at home or on the move, create a password to protect PDFs easily on your Android device using Acrobat online.

From business or banking information to private personal matters, some information definitely needs to be protected. No one ever expects or intends for unauthorized visitors to gain access to accounts or documents, but personal data can be stolen within seconds if precautions are not taken. Even if it’s a family or friend, when working with client data, you should never share or accidentally let it get in the hands of someone other than the client.

When you create a password to secure a PDF file, you’re ensuring that only those with whom you share that password can view it. Learn how easy it is to password-protect a PDF on your Android with Adobe Acrobat online services.

How to set a password to protect PDFs on Android.

  1. Navigate to the password protection page in your preferred browser using your Android device.
  2. Click the button labeled “Select a file” to choose and upload your PDF from your Android.
  3. Create and enter a strong password, then retype it to confirm.

Here is a tip to create a strong password — use a combination of the following:

  1. Click Set Password for your PDF.
  2. Download your newly protected PDF file to your Android or sign in to Acrobat online to share it via a link or email.

Examples of PDF files you should password-protect.

When dealing with sensitive, personal or private data, a strong password is always necessary. You should always protect client information such as employee names and phone numbers, addresses, email addresses, account numbers, information about specific services they received, and other work related information.

Sensitive information such as race, ethnicity, political affiliation, religion, gender, and other identifying information should be heavily protected and never shared with anyone else. Personally identifiable information including social security, driver’s license number, financial records, medical records, criminal history, passport information, and other types of PII should have strong security surrounding it.

In general, when a client shares any kind of documentation, it is better to be safe than sorry and limit access to avoid devastating consequences. Protecting clients’ sensitive documents as well as your own lessens the chance of personal data being leaked and getting into the hands of the wrong person.

Taking the time to review password best practices on your own and with your coworkers creates a safer business environment. A password to protect your files means that your sensitive information can be shared with only those who need to see it.

Explore what more you can do with Acrobat online services to securely convert, edit, sign, and share PDFs today.