DocSend Alternatives – Safeguard vs Docsend competitor review
Protect PDF documents regardless of their location:
Stop unauthorized access
Stop sharing and distribution
Strong US Gov strength encryption, DRM and licensing controls
Control how documents are used:
Stop editing, copying and screen grabs
Stop printing or control the number of prints
Lock use to devices and locations
Set documents to automatically expire:
on a fixed date
after a number of days use
after a number of views and/or prints
Revoke access regardless of where documents are located:
revoke a document for all users instantly
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 how your documents are being used:
track and log document views
track and log document prints
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
Protect IPR, reduce costs, ensure compliance, gain new revenue:
Protect revenue and increase ROI – reduce losses and costs
Take control over your IPR, prevent document leakage & theft
No cost per document or user – one fixed price for unlimited use
Free Trial & Demo
“Fantastic product… outstanding support.”
“We would recommend Locklizard to others”
“The clear leader for PDF DRM protection”
“Our ebook sales have gone through the roof”
“Simple & secure – protects IPR from theft”
DocSend secure data room: Docsend security & features analysis for secure document sharing
If you need a secure data room solution for secure document sharing then authorized users should NOT be able to share links or login credentials (email address and passcode) with others because your documents can then also be viewed by other users (by using the same user credentials to access them).
Is DocSend secure? DocSend security issues
Links to documents or data rooms (spaces) can be shared with other users.
Email verification links can be shared with others.
Verification cookies can be edited and used on other devices.
Multiple users can login at the same time using the same login credentials.
If printing is allowed then users can print to unprotected PDF files.
Users can take high quality screenshots of document content using screen grabber tools.
Downloaded files have NO protection applied to them. If downloads are disabled, tools like Deck2PDF will let users download them anyway.
Watermarks in downloaded files can be easily removed with PDF editing software.
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).
If you have a large number of users and documents the system can get quickly out of hand:
You have to create unique links for each user to a document or a Space.
For example, if you have 1 document that you want to give to 100 users, and you want to watermark that document with individual user information then you must create 100 links for it. The same applies to PDF expiry – if you want to give each user access to the same document but with a different expiry date then you have to create 100 links.
You cannot sort documents or accounts/users by their name – they are displayed in last created order.
Your allowed viewers list can only have up to 200 email addresses or domains for each link.
Passcodes have to be distributed separately so require additional management.
With Docsend you pay for the number of users viewing your documents so costs can quickly add up.
You are locked into monthly pricing.
Safeguard vs Doc Send – Secure DocSend Alternative
Locklizard is a secure alternative to DocSend and provides many security and cost advantages
Stop document sharing
Lock documents to devices
Lock users to locations
Stop printing to PDF
Limit the number of prints
Allow only low quality prints
Stop screen grabbing
Offline use with full protection
PDF expiry in days or views
User account expiry
Document start date
Protect documents on your computer
Dedicated secure Viewers
Document search, bookmarks, annotations
Yearly & Perpetual Licenses
Unlimited documents & users
On premise option
Ecommerce API (shopping cart integration)
Automate & batch protect PDF files
3 Year cost for 100 users
$6,195 – unlimited users
NO – downloadable files
NO – no protection
NO – fixed date/time only
NO – browser only
DocSend competitor analysis – advantages of Safeguard PDF Security
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:
Have the Viewer installed on their device
Activated their license
Been given permission to access the PDF files
We ensure that documents cannot be shared because there is no information that users can share with others.
There is no login info (email, passcode, etc.) to share with others
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 easily compromised.
With Safeguard you protect PDF files on your local computer so unprotected documents 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 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.
When a user clicks on a link to activate their license, their user account (and therefore document access) is automatically locked to their device.
Unique device information is securely stored on a server so that it cannot be removed or altered and can be checked at any stage.
Our installed secure Viewers have many advantages over insecure & slow browser environments:
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 prevents users using third party screen grabbing tools even from remote connections so you can prevent high quality screen grabs from being taken and shared with others.
Non- Removable Watermarks
Our watermarks cannot be removed using PDF editing software.
With Safeguard PDF Security you can have:
different print and view watermarks
watermarks, across the page, custom positioning, and transparency (opacity)
both text and image watermarks
choice of user and system variables that 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:
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.
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.
Total Offline Solutions
All of our installed Viewers operate in offline mode with full security – there are no compromises.
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.
No manual link distribution
When you add a user in our system, it automatically sends the user an email with their license link.
Once users click on the license link, no further user interaction is required to view the documents you have authorized them to use. Once the link is pressed, the license is activated and consumed – so if the link is forwarded to other users it will not activate.
There are no useless passcodes or email validation lists to manage or distribute.
Our add-ons enable you to automate PDF protection and user creation.
With Safeguard document security you have unlimited users and documents so you always know what your costs will be. And we don’t tie you in to a yearly contract.
No charges per document – just a one off fee for unlimited users and documents.
No subscription charges for perpetual licenses – just a one-time fee and a small yearly hosting charge if you use our servers to host your Safeguard Administration System.
One-time fee for own server licenses. Pay just the once and host the system on your own server in your own environment.
How does DocSend work?
Here is a quick overview of how the DocSend secure data room system works.
To protect a PDF file you must first upload it to DocSend. The PDF will then be converted to images, encrypted and stored on DocSend’s server.
To share the PDF you must create a link for it. You need to do this for each user you want to share the PDF with or create a Space and give users access to the Space.
When you create a link you can add an expiry date, a watermark and either allow or prevent downloading.
Links are not protected unless you apply a passcode (password) to them. You have to distribute this separately.
When you create a link to a PDF you enter the email addresses of the user(s) who you want to share that link with. When a link to a PDF file is clicked on, this email address must be entered with the passcode to access the PDF file.
You need to set up a list of Allowed Viewers otherwise anyone can enter any email address to access the document. The Allowed Viewers list can contain up to 200 email addresses or domains for each link.
You can optionally have another link sent to the email address that is entered to verify the user (Email Authentication). The link in that email must be clicked on before the document can be opened.
You have to create a unique link for each user if you want to track activity and use dynamic watermarks.
If you want to give a user access to 30 documents you have to create 30 links (one for each document). Or you can add 30 documents to a Space and give the user access to the Space – however, every document in a Space has the same controls applied to it since controls are applied to the Space link and not individual documents.
If you allow downloading then that also enables printing – there are no DRM controls over the downloaded file, only watermarks.
Single document access
Each time you add a document you have to create a link to it and distribute that link to each user.
Controls are set at the link level – you can create multiple links per document each with different controls set on them.
Create links to the document – if you want different controls you have to create a link for each. Each time you create a link you enter an Account (or create a new one) who is given access to the link in their profile. An account is basically a user or company name.
Group document access
When you create a Space you can add documents to it. Every user must be given a link to the space.
If you want to watermark PDF files and track use then each user must be given their own unique link.
Create a space
Add content to the space (your uploaded documents)
Create links to the space
Controls that you can apply to a link are:
Expiry date and time
If you want to allow printing then you must allow downloading.
If you allow downloading then this creates an unprotected PDF file – in other words it removes all protection including tracking and expiry.
If you want to set a different expiry date/time for each user for the same document then you have to create a unique link to that document for each user.
You can add watermarks to a link – this then either shows on a single document or all documents in a Space.
You have to create a unique link for each user if you want to use dynamic watermarks.
Users must authenticate their email for dynamic watermarks to work.
Watermarks are retained in downloadable PDF files but can be removed using a PDF Editor.
Email Verification & domain locking
You can enter an email address or domain (that means anyone from that domain is authorized to open a document – so don’t add gmail.com!) that must be entered before the document will open.
Optionally, you can get the system to send an additonal link to the email address to prove you are the owner of it (or at least have access to the email account).
But what happens if you are given a generic email address by the user that is only being used for the purpose of opening DocSend documents? The email account could actually be used by multiple users – so everyone logs into the same email account to pickup any validation links rather than the original user having to forward them.
Despite the cliams “this enhancement is key in preventing forwarded emails from being viewed by unauthorized visitors”, it does not stop users forwarding the verification link (or browser cookie) to others.
Download DocSend & convert to PDF
One of the ways to remove DocSend protection is to convert DocSend to PDF and download the files. The converting and downloading of DocSend files to PDF format is in theory is only allowed by an administrator. So users have to be given explicit permission to do this.
However the software application Deck2PDF enables users to convert and download Docsend decks to PDF online. This creates an unprotected PDF file – all protection is removed including tracking and expiry. Once a user can download DocSend files they can print, copy and share them without any restrictions.
Why Locklizard Safeguard as a secure alternative to DocSend?
Locklizard takes your document security seriously with dedicated Viewers that enforce protection and DRM controls and lock documents to authorized users devices so they cannot be shared.
Sell or share PDF files securely without insecure links and passcodes and enforce access, location, expiry, and usage controls both online and offline. Apply non-removable watermarks, stop screen grabbing and printing to unprotected PDF files.
Our DRM technology ensures your PDF files remain safe no matter where they reside with US Gov Strength encryption, licensing, and DRM controls. Document content is decrypted in memory and no temporary files are used.
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.
We needed to deliver e-book versions of our handbooks while not compromising on security and digital rights. Safeguard PDF security is easy to use and intuitive.
The implementation was painless and we now have a greener, more secure way of distributing training manuals.
Locklizard’s PDF protection is exactly as described – the features are highly effective and I would give it 5 stars.
I would recommend Locklizard to others - their security is simple to use and fit for purpose. It meets common needs of businesses who have information they want to protect.
We would be happy to recommend Locklizard to any company needing a flexible way to secure PDF files.
Safeguard PDF Security has provided us with a very workable solution for sharing of information in a secure fashion. The support has been excellent and very accommodating.
We can cut accounts for a user five minutes before his class starts and he is ready to go. Happy smiling customer, while we still have security and personalized watermarking.
I have immense respect for the product and Locklizard provide great customer satisfaction and service.
We would recommend Safeguard to other companies for its security, cost and ease of use. It does what we expected it to do and more.
Ease of use is a bonus and the implementation was very easy. The product manual is excellent and Locklizard staff are very accommodating.
We sell a highly valued educational product in an open and competitive market so it was important to ensure we had effective security to protect our digital rights.
We highly recommend Locklizard - a professional company with a competitive and professional PDF Security product.
We would absolutely recommend both Locklizard as a company, and Safeguard PDF Security. It has transformed our study materials to the next level.
Not only did this increase sales, but we also believe that it has increased our customers’ ability to learn, which is even more important!
We would recommend Locklizard Safeguard to other companies that need to protect PDF reports. Customers have found the process of accessing the protected documents to be seamless.
Implementation was easy and technical support has been very responsive to requests for help.
Our company would without reservation recommend Locklizard. Their document DRM software opens up delivery of our new products in a timely fashion while knowing that the content will remain secure.
The return on investment to our company has been immediately evident.
We use Safeguard to make sure that documents cannot be opened outside our local network or from a unauthorized computer in order to copy or print the documents.
It is the most feature rich, affordable, & simple to use PDF security product on the market.
Safeguard PDF Security is simple to administer and meets our needs, consistently delivering secured manuals to our customers with ease.
Return on investment has been elimination of many man hours, printing resources and postage – it is estimated that costs decreased by 50% or more.
We would really recommend Safeguard PDF Security to every publishing company for managing ePubs or e-books securely. It is easy to secure PDF files and simple to distribute them to our authorized customers only.
Locklizard also provides a good customer support experience.
The ROI for us is incalculable. We have the security of knowing that our proprietary documents are secure. This is the entire value of our company.
I would most certainly recommend your PDF security product and already have. The ease of implementation was surprising.
We can now sell our manuals without the need to print them first, saving time, money and helping safeguard the environment.
We would recommend Safeguard PDF DRM – it is the perfect solution to sell and send e-documents securely whilst making sure someone cannot copy them.
We would recommend Locklizard to other companies without hesitation.
Their PDF DRM products provide a manageable, cost effective way to protect intellectual investment and they are always looking for ways to improve them. Moreover, their staff provide an excellent level of support.
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