FileOpen Systems: Rights Manager / Rights Server vs Safeguard PDF DRM
Protect PDF documents no matter where they reside:
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
Protected documents can also be viewed using a Web Viewer but this provides less protection – see is FileOpen safe?
FileOpen Rights Manager
FileOpen RightsManager (previously known as Fileopen Publisher & Fileopen WebPublisher) is a the system used to protect PDF and office documents and control document access.
FileOpen Rights Server
FileOpen RightsServer is the same product as FileOpen Rights Manager but hosted by the customer on their own server.
FileOpen DRM Viewers, Client & FileOpen Plugins
FileOpen DRM Viewers or clients are a plugin in to Adobe Acrobat that can be installed on a device. Just like an EXE file, you need Windows Administrator rights to install a plugin.
An EXE file has to start every time users login to their computer in order to view Fileopen protected documents.
The FileOpen plugin accesses the FileOpen Rights Server so users need to allow access to this URL in their Firewall.
Users have to turn off security in Adobe Reader for the Fileopen client plugin to work.
Users can also use a web browser (Chrome is not supported) to access protected PDF files. This decrypts content on a server and is then streamed to client viewers.
Users must connect to the Internet (to the FileOpen Rights Manager server) at least once to view protected documents.
Limited iOS support up to version 11.
FileOpen RightsServer & RightsManager costs
With FileOpen document security you pay for the number of users viewing your documents so costs can quickly add up.
With both FileOpen RightsManager and FileOpen RightsServer you are locked into paying yearly subscription fees so even if you host the system on your own server you have to pay every year for use of FileOpen Rights Server.
Users must turn off security in Adobe Reader for the Fileopen plugin (Fileopen client) to work:
You have to turn off Adobe’s certified mode (use only certified plugins) to view a protected Fileopen document.
You have to turn off Adobe Reader’s Protected Mode to view Fileopen protected PDF files offline. This is Acrobat’s built-in defence against malicious PDF attacks which Adobe say should be enabled to protect user’s systems and data.
The Web Viewer does not stop screen grabbing or prevent printing to unprotected PDF files.
Elcomsoft CEO Vladimir Katalov said of FileOpen Publisher – “The code can be broken instantly or in a matter of a few hours – without Adobe Reader, FileOpen plug-in itself or whatever. FileOpen software, puts key information in the encrypted document, which is sort of like leaving your car with the keys in the ignition. FileOpen was chosen as an Adobe “security partner”, which leads me to wonder how closely Adobe examines the cryptography used by its partners.”. I’d call it “snake-oil” because of multiple vulnerabilities. Their main protection is DMCA – Digital Millennium Copyright Act.)”. FileOpen Rights Manager was previously called FileOpen Publisher and FileOpen WebPublisher.
Safeguard vs FileOpen Systems Rights Manager / Rights Server & Client Plugin security
Locklizard provides many security and cost advantages over FileOpen Systems RightsManager & RightsServer
Plug-ins are known for not being very secure. But don’t just take our word for it. ElcomSoft CEO Vladimir Katalov said “Because of the plug-in architecture of Acrobat and PDF readers, it makes PDF a less-secure platform for DRM”. Elcomsoft circumvented Adobe’s DRM plug-in for their Ebook Reader back in 2001 and this article makes for interesting reading – How AEBPR cracked Adobe’s Acrobat E-Book Reader.
They require Windows Admin rights to install so offer no installation advantages over EXE files.
They can conflict with other plugins.
They can be overruled. Anyone can write a plug-in for Adobe Acrobat Standard or Professional without obtaining an IKLA.
They often stop working when the host application is updated.
Users don’t have to downgrade their security
Our Secure PDF Reader software does not put user’s systems at risk. Unlike Fileopen Security, we don’t force users to turn off security in their applications for our PDF protection to work.
In addition, all PDF decryption is performed in memory on the local device (and not decrypted on a server), and no temporary files are created.
Decryption keys are securely relayed to the client, stored encrypted in a keystore and locked to the device so they cannot be copied to other devices and shared.
No Insecure Flash
Our browser based PDF viewer does not rely on Adobe Flash Player (FileOpen’s Web Viewer uses a plugin to Adobe Flash Player) so you don’t have to put your customer’s devices at risk. Flash has some major security issues that are incredibly easy to take advantage of.
Just type in ‘Flash Security Issues‘ in Google and you will find hundreds of articles explaining why you should not be running Adobe Flash.
Adobe has said it will officially end support for the Flash plugin in 2020.
Enhanced Screen Grabber Protection
Our Enhanced Screen Grabber protection will prevent users using third party screen grabbing tools even from remote locations so you can prevent high quality screen grabs from being taken.
Allow or prevent your documents from being opened in specific countries.
You can apply this 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.
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 worry about entering this information.
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.
Our Support team is responsive and flexible, often providing answers within the hour and not days or weeks later.
But don’t take our word for it, read our customer testimonials to see why companies rate our support services as excellent as our products.
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 sold – 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.
Costs less than a third compared to Fileopen for an annual license.
Locklizard takes your document security seriously. Sell or share PDF files securely without insecure passwords or plug-ins, and enforce access, location, expiry, and usage controls. 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 over FileOpen DRM and why publishers have moved from FileOpen Document Security to Locklizard (cost, product reliability, and outstanding support are just some of the reasons). If you are looking for FileOpen alternatives then try our free 15 day Trial.
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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