How to Set Password for PDF File In Adobe Reader?

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Summary:- I guess we all have about PDF file formats. And we all know, how important these file formats are. This format serves a lot of purposes for many users. You can send data, content and even can share various other details without any hassle. However, there is one thing that keeps PDF files apart from other file formats is their safety. PDF files are not typically, something other users can edit. So you can send your data without worrying about the data breach.

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Plus you can even set the password for PDF file in Adobe Reader. So users, who have the password only can view the contents of the file you shared.

Fortunately, PDF files have an inbuilt password-protection encryption making it easier for users to password protect a PDF file for free.

The steps can be different if you are using Windows or MAC OS, so follow this below guide where I will guide you on how you can start securing PDFs with passwords in no time.

How To Password Protect a PDF File in Adobe Reader?

Step 01: First download and install the latest version of Adobe Reader for MAC or Windows.

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Step 02: Now to make your PDF password protected in Adobe Reader, open the PDF file that you want to secure. You can either browse and open the file from your system or can drag and drop it from your system.

protecting your PDF with a password

Step 03: After you have opened your file, go to ‘View’ located on the top left side of the Adobe Reader. Then click on ‘Tools’ and then go to ‘Protection’. As soon as you click on ‘Protection’ a new Windows will pop-up, now set password for PDF file and click ‘Ok’
Unfortunately, if this method doesn’t work then the only way through which you can protect your PDF with a password is by using third-party software.

Also Read: DIY Guide On How To Remove Password From PDF Without Software

How to Set Password for PDF File With PDF Protection Tool?

Being an expert in PDF files, I have used many paid and free tools which deal in PDF file formats. However, one of the most standalone tools is the PDF Protection Tool from SysInfoTools.

The PDF protection tool is one of the best applications to provide PDF security and protection. The software not only allows you to add a password in your PDF files but also lets you add various security parameters in your PDF files.

How to Use It & Set Password For PDF File in Adobe Reader?

Follow the below steps to password protect a PDF file:

  • Launch the software and select the files
  • Check out the Meta properties and click ‘Next’
  • Select the encryption level and apply both user and owner password & click ‘Next’
  • Rename the files click ‘Next’ to start the process
  • Within a few seconds, your file will be secured with the given passwords.

So here are the two techniques through which you can easily set password PDF file in Adobe Reader and make it more secured.

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