revoke individual user access to single, multiple, or all documents
revoke access automatically after a number of views and/or prints
Add dynamic watermarks to viewed and or printed pages. Dynamic variables (date/time, user name, company name, email address) are replaced with actual user and system data when the protected PDF document is displayed and/or printed.
You only have to protect a document once in order to customize it for multiple users.
see what devices & operating systems users are using
Comply with legislation by controlling access and use:
Ensure only authorized parties can view confidential documents
Enforce document retention policies with automatic expiry
Log use for proof of when documents are viewed and printed
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Protect PDF files from printing
Disabling the printing of protected PDF documents provides an extra layer of copy protection, since it prevents users from photocopying documents, scanning them, and then re-saving them as new PDF files.
Safeguard PDF Security lets you create a print-disabled PDF file that can be changed on-the-fly so you can enable printing for specific users as and when required.
How to prevent someone from printing a PDF file with Safeguard PDF Security
How to prevent PDF print & print to file option
Using Locklizard PDF DRM software, you can simply and easily create PDF print disabled documents. Safeguard PDF Security lets you quickly restrict printing in PDFs – any PDF document you protect will automatically have printing disabled unless you allow it.
To prevent printing of PDF files, just protect the PDF document while leaving the ‘allow printing’ checkbox unchecked – there is no ‘disable printing’ option to select.
Apart from being able to prevent a PDF from being printed, Locklizard PDF DRM software provides further printing control mechanisms if you want to allow printing. These include:
preventing document access after print copies have been depleted.
the ability to disable printing or enable printing of the same document on a per user basis.
enforcing color documents to print in black & white or grayscale.
dynamic print watermarks. Watermarks displaying user information on printed documents discourages users from photocopying / scanning and sharing PDFs because they identify the user responsible.
disable print to file. You must disable printing to file if you allow printing, so that users can not readily make a print file copy and then either turn your protected documents into unprotected PDF format or print it as many times as they wish. Locklizard Safeguard always disables printing to file if printing is allowed.
It is important to prevent printing of PDF documents to stop them from being readily photocopied (or scanned) and then shared. If a document is print disabled and has other DRM controls applied to prevent sharing, it ensures unauthorized users cannot view your documents.
Disable print in Adobe Acrobat
Although you can prevent someone from printing a PDF file by disabling print in Adobe Acrobat, this protection can be easily removed. There are many password crackers (or password recovery applications) freely available on the internet to remove Adobe print protection, regardless of the strength of password used. In addition, some PDF viewer applications ignore Adobe permissions completely (so they are not enforced) or let you easily remove them. See removing PDF passwords.
So, if you are looking to disable printing of your documents or prevent printing from PDF, make sure you use a PDF DRM system that enforces print controls and ensures users cannot easily remove them.
How to Disable Print to File
If you want to allow printing of your protected PDF documents, it is important that you disable print to file, otherwise users can print to unprotected PDF files (using a PDF printer) and other file formats. The file printed document will have no PDF protection and the user can therefore edit and share it at will.
To disable print to file, you must have software installed on the client, such as PDF DRM, to control the print process. You cannot disable printing to file in a browser environment, for example, because there is no software installed on the user’s device to prevent it. This is the downfall of secure data room systems – users can print to PDF and remove all security controls.
Disabling Print to File
If you allow printing in Safeguard PDF Security, it automatically disables print to file – there is no additional option you need to select.
How to disable printing for selected users
There may be times when you want to create a print disabled PDF but allow printing for specific users. You can achieve this in Locklizard Safeguard by following the steps below.
Prevent or restrict printing for all users
In the Printing & Viewing tab, check the ‘Allow Printing’ box.
Check the option ‘Limit number of copies to’ and enter 0.
Optionally select the OS that users can print on, enforce degraded printing (black & white or greyscale) – see the section ‘How to disable color printing’ below, and log print requests.
Optionally add a Print Watermark by entering text and/or an image in the Print Watermarks tab. We recommend that you add a dynamic text watermark so you can identify the user if any physical or scanned copies are distributed.
Press the Publish button.
Restricting users’ prints to black and white PDFs
In some industries, it is only the print of the final, color copy that is important. Locklizard Safeguard gives the seller the flexibility to allow solely the printing of black and white PDFs while presenting the on-screen copy in full color. They protect their bottom line while giving the client added flexibility.
How to disable color printing using Safeguard
To allow only the print of black and white PDFs, change ‘Enforce color’ to ‘Grayscale’ or ‘Black and White’ in the Safeguard Writer application.
Allow or enable printing for selected users
Login to the Safeguard Admin System.
Select the customer you want to allow printing for.
Click on the details button.
Select the link ‘Change number of prints’. This will show you all documents that have restricted printing.
Select the document(s) you want to change the number of prints for, type in the number of document prints you want to allow, and then press the button.
Download PDF DRM software to disable printing / stop printing of PDF files
Disabling printing of your documents and information ensures users cannot produce photocopies or duplicates for other people. With Locklizard document DRM software, you can choose to restrict printing or limit the number of prints allowed. If you allow prints to be made then Locklizard DRM automatically prevents print to file, PDF, or image printers so that copies cannot be readily made.
Safeguard PDF Security enables you to prevent PDF files from being printed but gives you the flexibility of enabling prints for individual users. A single print disabled PDF file can be distributed to all users (so no one can print it) and then from the Safeguard Admin System you can selectively enable prints on a per user basis.
How do I print a print disabled PDF?
If it was protected with Adobe Acrobat or a similar tool, then it is easy to remove print restrictions from a PDF file. Just upload it to one of many PDF password removal sites, or open it in an application that does not enforce Adobe permissions, such as Google Drive or MacOS preview to enable printing of the document.
Documents protected by Locklizard cannot be printed unless the creator allows it. Talk to the person responsible if you believe they have accidentally applied print protection.
Why is it so easy to bypass PDF print restrictions?
Why can’t I print my PDF?
The most common reason that a PDF cannot be printed is because it has been protected with Adobe Acrobat. You can easily remove this protection (the permissions password) with online PDF password removal tools.
If you cannot print a Locklizard PDF, it is because the Publisher of the document does not want you to. If printing has been disabled by the Publisher then there is no way to remove this protection, save asking them to send you a version that allows printing.
Can Google Drive stop unauthorized printing?
How can I disable PDF save and print in the browser?
Alternatively, you can print protect a PDF using Locklizard and have users view it in our secure Web Viewer.
Why is the PDF file print button disabled?
This is because printing has been disabled by the publisher. The print option is disabled in PDF files if you have not been given permission to print it.
Does Locklizard restrict sharing and printing of PDF files?
Yes. Locklizard restricts sharing by locking PDF files to devices. Users cannot copy, copy/paste, or edit documents. By default, copying and printing is disabled.
Does Locklizard prevent a PDF from being downloaded and printed?
Locklizard enables you to upload protected PDF files to the cloud and only users that have been given access can open them. It therefore does not matter who downloads them. You can prevent a PDF from being printed or limit print copies and track use.
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