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  Digify secure data room: Digify security & features analysis

Digify secure data room

Digify is a secure data room system.  You upload documents to a cloud server and users can login to a data room to view them.  See How to use Digify.

Like all secure data room solutions, users can share login credentials with others and therefore your documents.

Is Digify Secure?

Digify security issues
  1. Data room login credentials can be shared with other users.
  2. Email verification links can be shared with others.
  3. Multiple users can login at the same time using the same login credentials.
  4. If printing is allowed then users can print to unprotected PDF files.
  5. Users can take high quality screenshots of document content using screen grabber tools.
  6. Downloaded files have NO protection applied to them.
  7. Watermarks in downloaded files can be easily removed with PDF editing software.
  8. Tracking data is for an email address.  Since email addresses can be shared with other users you have no idea who you are actually tracking (users can use a VPN to share the same IP).
  9. The browser environment provides weak security – it can be compromised (i.e. security removed) by plugins, JavaScript or debugging editors.
  10. Document tracking cannot be turned off – this could be a privacy concern for some users.

Digify usability issues

If you have a large number of users and documents the system can get quickly become unmanageable:

  1. You can only apply controls at the data room level – so all documents in the data room have the same settings.
  2. If you want different data rooms that people can access you have to re-upload the same files to each of those data rooms.
  3. You have to re-enter a user’s email address every time you want to share files with them, as well as create different data rooms for different groups of users.  There is no central place where you can manage users and groups.
  4. Document loading speeds for the Web Viewer is unusable for files 10MB and over.
  5. The Web Viewer is very basic – there is no search facility, annotations, bookmarks, etc.
  6. When you print from the Web Viewer, text is randomly lost, spacing is distorted, and paragraphs are can be faded and unreadable (it is a bitmap image you are printing).
  7. You can let users download PDF files and view and print them in Acrobat but they have NO protection – i.e. they are regular PDF files.
  8. The only dynamic watermark option available is the user’s email address.

Digify pricing: How expensive is Digify?

  1. With Digify you pay for the number of users viewing your documents, the storage space, and the number of data rooms, so costs can quickly add up.
  2. If you want a data room per user then costs become unmanagable very quickly.  You might want to have a data room per user for example if you want to have specific groups of documents for each user or have different expiry dates for each user.
  3. You are locked into monthly pricing or annual pricing.
  4. A Team or Business plan with just 25 data rooms costs $12,000 billed annually (or $1500 a month if paid monthly).
  5. API calls are also charged for (100 are included).

Safeguard as a Secure Digify Alternative

Locklizard is a secure alternative to Digify with many security and cost advantages

  • Feature

  • Stop document sharing
  • Lock documents to devices
  • Lock users to locations
  • Prevent printing
  • Stop printing to PDF
  • Limit the number of prints
  • Allow only low quality prints
  • Stop screen grabbing
  • Document Tracking
  • Non-removable Watermarks
  • Offline use with full protection
  • PDF expiry in days or views
  • User account expiry
  • Document start date
  • Revoke documents
  • Protect documents on your computer
  • Dedicated secure Viewers
  • Document search, bookmarks, annotations
  • Perpetual Licenses
  • Unlimited documents & users
  • On premise option
  • Ecommerce API (shopping cart integration)
  • Automate & batch protect PDF files
  • Unlimited API calls
  • 3 Year cost for 200 users
  • Locklizard

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  • $6,195 – unlimited users
  • Digify

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  • NO – downloadable files
  • NO – no protection
  • NO – fixed date/time only
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  • NO – browser only
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  • NO – only 100 included
  • $36,000

Is Digify Secure?

Digify advertises itself as a ‘highly secure’ data room.  Is it true?

  • Question

  • Can users share login info with others and therefore your documents?
  • Can users share email verification links?
  • If printing is allowed can users print to unprotected PDF files?
  • If downloads are allowed are PDF files protected?
  • Can users use screen grabber software to take high quality screenshots?
  • Does document tracking prove who is using your documents?
  • Can watermarks be removed on downloaded PDF files?
  • Could the web viewer be manipulated with plugins or scripts?
  • Answer

  • YES
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  • NO
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Locklizard Safeguard competitive advantages over Digify

  • Stop document sharing

    Locklizard stops document sharing by ensuring that documents forwarded to unauthorized users cannot be opened.

    To open a protected PDF file a user has to:

    1. Have the Viewer installed on their device
    2. Activated their license
    3. Been given permission to access the PDF files

    Documents cannot be shared because there is no information that users can share with others.

    • There are no login credentials
    • Documents can only be opened on authorized devices
    • License links can only be activated once (unless the document Publisher decides otherwise)
    • Document keys are transparently and securely relayed to the authorized client device and stored in an encrypted keystore
    • If a keystore is copied to a another device it will not open
  • No uploading of unprotected documents to the cloud

    We don’t make you upload unprotected documents to a web server where they could be compromised.

    With Safeguard you protect PDF files on your local computer so unprotected documents never leave your device and always remain under your control.

    You distribute protected PDF files just like any other file – upload to a web site, add to Sharepoint, send by email, etc.  You are not tied into a system with poor user and document management.

  • No Login credentials for users to share

    Our installed viewers do not require users to login, so there is no login info for users to share with others.

    1. When you add a user in our system, it automatically sends the user an email with their license link.
    2. When a user clicks on a link to activate their license, their user account (and therefore document access) is automatically locked to their device.
    3. Unique device information is securely stored on a server so that it cannot be removed or altered and can be checked at any stage.
    4. Once the link is pressed, the license is activated and consumed – so if the link is forwarded to other users it will not activate.
    5. Once users click on the license link, no further user interaction is required to view the documents you have authorized them to use.
    6. There are no useless passcodes for you or users to enter or email validation lists to manage or distribute.
  • Secure Viewers

    Our installed secure Viewers have many advantages over insecure & slow browser environments:

    • Security controls cannot be removed using plugins, JavaScript, or browser debugging & editing
    • Provide search, bookmarks, and annotations
    • Quickly display content
    • Decrypt content in memory so it is not cached to disk in temporary files
    • Always enforce DRM controls whether documents are viewed online or offline
    • Lock documents to individual authorized devices so they cannot be shared
  • Stop Printing to PDF

    Safeguard PDF Security automatically prevents users printing to file drivers (such as PDF file printers) so your protected documents cannot be easily turned into unprotected PDF files.

  • Screen Grabber Protection

    Our screen grabber protection stops screen grabbing tools taking screenshots of your content.

    Automatically prevent high quality screen grabs from being taken and shared with others.

  • Non- Removable Dynamic Watermarks

    Our watermarks cannot be removed using PDF editing software.

    You can watermark PDF files with:

    • different print and view watermarks
    • watermarks, across the page, custom positioning, and transparency (opacity)
    • both text and image watermarks
    • dynamic watermarks – user and system variables can be inserted and are replaced with user and system data when the PDF document is viewed and/or printed
  • Flexible & comprehensive expiry controls

    Expiry controls can be set at the:

    • document level
    • user account level
    • when assigning access to a document
    • when assigning access to a publication level (group of documents)

    or any combination of the above.

    You can therefore create a single protected PDF file that expires at different times for different users.

    When you assign access to a PDF document you can enter both a document start and end date.

    Documents can be set to expire:

    • after a number of views
    • after a number of prints
    • after a number of days from first use
    • on a fixed date

    For more information on expiring PDF files see PDF expiry.

  • Country locking

    Our country locking (allow or prevent your documents from being opened in specific countries) does not leave you having to figure out what country a user is located in.  Safeguard automatically picks up the user’s country location when they activate their license (and will automatically lock use to that location) so you don’t have to enter this.

    You can apply country locking at both the global and user level so you can stop all company employees from accessing documents from unauthorized countries but enable a specific user to do so if they are travelling on business.

  • Document Tracking

    You can track what documents users have viewed and printed.

    Because documents are locked to devices (rather than linked to an email address which anyone can enter), you can be fairly certain who you are tracking since users are unlikely to share their devices with others.

    You can stop BYOD use (so prevent use on mobile and tablet devices) and lock use to locations.

    You can turn tracking on and off and track individual documents.

  • Total Offline Solutions

    All of our installed Viewers operate in offline mode with full security.

    Users can also use our offline zero installation USB solution (documents viewed directly from USB sticks) – no Internet connection required.

    • USB sticks can be pre-loaded with a Viewer, documents, and keystore for total offline viewing.
    • Documents are locked to the USB stick so they cannot be copied to other USB sticks or devices.
  • Cost Savings

    With Safeguard document security you have unlimited users and documents so you always know what your costs will be.

    API calls are unlimited.

    You can host using our servers (AWS) or on-premise in your own environment.

How to use Digify

Here is a quick step by step guide to adding files.

  1. Login to Digify.
  2. Create a secure data room.
  3. Apply controls to the data room – watermark, expiry, print, download.  These controls are applied to ALL documents in the data room.
  4. Upload files to the data room.
  5. Give user(s) access to the data room.
  6. Repeat steps 1-4 for each data room you create.

DRM controls

Controls are set at the data room level – so all documents in a data room have exactly the same controls applied to them.

You can:

  • Set an expiry date and time
  • Allow downloading – this automatically enables printing
  • Allow printing
  • Apply a screen shield so users can only view a small portion of the document at a time

If you allow downloading then this creates an unprotected PDF file – in other words it removes all protection including tracking and expiry and printing is enabled.

If printing is enabled then users can print to unprotected PDF files.

If you want to set a different expiry date/time for each user for the same document then you have to create a unique data room for each document or user.


You can add watermarks to a dataroom – the same watermark is displayed on ALL documents in a data room.

  • The only dynamic data you can enter is the user’s email address.
  • Watermarks are retained in downloadable PDF files but can be removed using a PDF Editor.

Digify Login

Users must enter an email address and optionally a passkey (password) to open your documents.  You can also specify an allowed domain – this means that anyone from that domain (i.e. is authorized to login to the data room.

With ‘additional email verification’ enabled, an additonal link is sent to the email address entered to prove they are the owner of it (or at least have access to the email account).  However there is nothing to stop users forwarding those links to others, or using a shared generic email address that is solely created and used to open Digify documents – so everyone logs into the same email account to access verification links rather than the email owner having to forward them.

Document Tracking

Document tracking is always enabled so that could be a privacy concern for some users or organizations.

You are only tracking what email address is being used to login to the data room with so you don’t know who the actual user really is since that information can be shared with others.  You may therefore not be tracking who you think you are.

Locklizard Safeguard as a secure alternative to Digify

Locklizard provides high document security with Viewers that enforce document protection and lock documents to authorized devices so they cannot be shared.

Sell or share PDF files securely without insecure logins and passwords.  Enforce access, location, expiry, and usage controls both online and offline.  Add non-removable watermarks, stop screen grabbing and printing to unprotected PDF files.

Our DRM technology ensures your PDF files remain safe regardless of where they are located with US Gov Strength encryption, licensing, and DRM controls.  Document content is decrypted in memory and no temporary files are used.

Our Adminstration Systems enable you to manage large numbers of documents and users simply and easily.

Read our customer testimonials to see why companies choose Safeguard PDF Security (cost, security, features, product reliability, and outstanding support are just some of the reasons) to protect their PDF files.

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