How to store online PDF files more securely.
Save your files safely on any cloud platform. Learn how to protect your PDFs with passwords and digital certificates.
Remember when external hard drives were the hottest new thing? While some still use them, most people today rely on cloud file storage. But even though you don’t have to worry about your hard drive breaking, online file storage does come with its own risks.
If you forget to log out of the cloud after using someone else’s computer, whoever uses that computer next can access your files. Worse yet, if someone gets ahold of your password, they can snoop around your documents from anywhere. That’s why it’s a good idea to protect individual PDFs for more secure online file storage.
Protect your PDFs.
With Adobe Acrobat DC, you can easily block unauthorized access to PDFs. Start by launching Acrobat DC and selecting the Protect tool from the Tools menu. You can then use the Encrypt feature to set a password or a digital certificate for your PDFs. Without the digital key, no one can open the file.
If you only want to keep others from editing your files, lock some or all editing features with the Restrict Editing function. The Remove Hidden Information tool lets you erase any invisible identifying data. Once your PDF is secure, save it and upload it to your favorite cloud platform.
Set PDF passwords online.
You can also quickly password-protect PDFs on any device with Acrobat online services. Navigate to the Protect PDF tool with any web browser and upload your file. Give it a safe password and download the PDF. You’re then ready to send it forward for secure file storage.