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9.4. How to Encrypt and Password Protect Adobe PDF files

Last updated: Mon Feb 2024 03:37 PM (EST)

Using Adobe Acrobat, perform the following steps:

- Select "Tools" (located in the menu bar at the top of the page):

- Select "Protect" in the Tools menu: 

Alternatively, you can select "Protect" from the menu on the right side of the page:

- Select "Protect using Password" (located underneath the tool bar above the document): 

- Fill out the information in the prompt: 

(To encrypt, expand the "Advanced Options" tab and choose the option "Encrypt with Password) 

More information can be found here:

Choosing a security method for PDFs (adobe.com)


Acrobat Reader Instructions:

This can be done for free online: Encrypt a PDF with password protection for free | Adobe Acrobat

Note: Your files will be securely handled by Adobe servers and deleted unless you sign in to save them.

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