How to Password Protect PDF Files on Mac

How to Password Protect PDF Files on Mac
Password Protect PDF Files on Mac
In this article we are showing two ways to password protect a PDF on Mac.

Nowadays people tend to take privacy and security very lightly for which they have to pay heavy costs. Hence it is important to maintain your confidentiality and protect important files and folders from any unauthorized person so that they do not gain your sensitive information.

Thankfully Apple has always worked to improve ways to protect the privacy of its users. So for this reason, Mac allows you to protect your confidential folders from the prying eyes of people.

It is easy to hide any document and increase the security on Mac using the Preview app. Apart from this, you can also specify whether you want someone to enter the passcode to print the PDF files other than just copying text from it.

In this article, we are explaining two comprehensive easy to protect PDF files on your Mac. So let’s get started! 

Use Preview App to Password Protect PDFs on Mac

First of all, you need to open the PDF file that you want to password protect using the Preview app on your Mac.

Next, you need to open the File menu and choose the Export option from there.

Now you need to check the checkbox for Encrypt feature.

Now you need to create a strong password to protect your PDF file. You also need to verify your password before proceeding to the next step.

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After verifying the password, you have to click on the Save button.

Note: The existing content will be overwritten if the name of the PDF file is not changed. So, if you don’t want to create a duplicate encrypted file, just don’t change its name.  

Finally, you need to press the Replace button.

Easy Peasy! So that’s how you can easily encrypt your PDF file on Mac using a Preview app.

Let’s take a look at another method to Encrypt your document in Mac 

Use the Print feature to encrypt your PDF file

Let’s take a look at another method to password protect your PDF file using Mac’s print tool.

First of all, you need to open the PDF file you want to password protect using the Preview App.

Now go to the File menu on top and choose the Print option here. 

Next up, tap the drop-down menu and choose the Save as PDF option from there.

Now option the Security options for that PDF in the Preview app.

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Here you will find many security-related options. Here you have to set a PDF to ask for a password when you try to open it.

Try to set a strong yet easy-to-remember password so that you don’t end up forgetting the password.

Besides, you will also set it to ask for the password to copy text, images, and print. Configure the security as per your need. Then, click on OK.

If you want to create another copy of the file, just change the name.

Finally, use the Replace button to confirm the action.

Third-Party apps to password protect a PDF a Mac

There are several third-party apps to help your password protect your PDF on Mac. These apps also have some additional features like a highlighter, signature, notes, and more.

The PDF Expert app is one such app that is capable of doing the task successfully. Let’s see how:

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First of all, you need to download and install the PDF Expert app on your Mac

Now open the PDF file that you want to password protect using the PDF Expert software.

After doing the necessary editing in the PDF if you want, go to the File option present in the Menu bar of the PDF Expert app.

Now you need to create a strong password for your PDF that you want to password-protect.

Enter the password once again to verify it and press the OK button to verify the action

Now go back to the PDF location and you’ll see that the PDF file is locked.

Conclusion

These are the very helpful ways how to password protect a PDF file on your Mac. We’ve explained the in-build Mac’s feature along with third-party Mac software to help protect your PDF file. Hope this helps!

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