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Password-Protect or Redact a PDF on Windows

Using encryption, password protection, or redaction on your PDF files has the utmost importance due to privacy concerns. UPDF now allows Windows users to protect their PDFs with password or redaction using the UPDF program. Read on to learn how to protect PDFs using UPDF. Or, you can also watch the video guide below.

1. Add an Open Password

The first encryption feature that UPDF offers is to add an open password to your PDF file. Here is how to do it:

  • Open your PDF file in UPDF.
  • Click on the Protecting Using Password icon on the right panel of UPDF.
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  • Now select the Document Open option.
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  • Type your password in the given fields.
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  • You can also change the level of protection by clicking on the More options button (The security levels include: 128-bit RC4, 128-bit AES, and 256-bit RC4)
  • Now click on Apply.
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  • In the new pop-up, click Save to save the encrypted file with an open password.
save the encrypted file

2. Add a Permissions Password

A permissions password (also known as a master password) requires a password to change permission settings. Using a permissions password, you can restrict printing, editing, and copying content in the PDF.

Here is how to add a permission password to your PDF document:

  • Select the Permissions after clicking the Protect Using Password icon.
add permissions password to pdf
  • Next, type your password in the given fields.
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  • You can also adjust the settings of the permission password by clicking on More Options. It allows you to customize if Printing, Changes, and Copying are allowed separately. You can also set a different encryption level.
  • Click on Apply to save changes.
  • Save the encrypted file.
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3. Check Security Properties

UPDF also allows you to check the safety of already existing documents.

  • Select the Protect Using Password option.
  • Select Security Properties from the menu.
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  • You may examine the PDF's "Security," "Advanced," and "Description" settings.
check pdf security properties

4. Remove Security

UPDF also provides the option to remove the protection on an existing PDF file.

  • Select the Protect Using Password button.
  • In order to get rid of any kind of protection, just click the Remove Security button. If your document hasn't been protected in any way, this option won't be accessible.
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  • The computer will ask whether you're sure you want to disable the security on this file. To delete, use the Remove option.
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  • To delete the password, you must first input the password to authenticate your access.
  • After deleting the password, Save the PDF file.
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Video Tutorial on How to Remove Password from PDF on Windows

5. Redact Content

UPDF provides three options for effortless PDF redaction:

1. Mark for Redaction

UPDF redaction requires two steps:

  • Mark for redaction
  • Apply redactions

To redact the text you want on the PDF file, simply choose 'Mark for Redaction' from the top menubar. After that, you can select the text which you want to redact and draw a rectangle on it. A mini quick toolbar will pop up if you click on the redaction; you can choose to Apply redaction, delete it, or view properties. Alternatively, you can just hit the Apply button on the top right corner of the interface.

Mark for redactions

2. Properties

Users can also adjust the redaction properties by pressing the 'Properties' button on the top toolbar. This particular settings feature will help you choose a color for the fill and border, which will help hide the sensitive content that you want to redact. You can also customize the overlay text on the redaction through it.

Customize redaction properties

3. Redact Pages

You can also redact multiple pages at once. Select this option, and choose whether you want to redact the Current Page, All Pages, or Custom. In the case of selecting the Custom option, you will have to enter the page range in the box below. Do so, and hit the Mark button.

Redact pages

4. Find Text and Redact

There can be times when you may have to redact specific words or phrases on a document only. So, besides reading through the text and then redacting every time that particular word comes across, try the Search and Redact feature. Simply hit the button to operate. A small side window will pop up; you can enter the keyword to mark it for redaction, and later, you can apply redaction.

Search and redact
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