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Win2PDF Pro supports the standard security options and permissions available in the PDF file format. Note: security options and permissions are not valid for the PDF/A file format.


PDF Security Options

PDF Security Options


The "Encryption Level" setting controls the type of encryption used in the PDF file. The 128 bit AES encryption is compatible with Acrobat Reader 5.0 and above and the 256 bit AES encryption is compatible with Adobe Reader 9.0 and above. For best security, the 256 bit encryption option is recommended.


The "Permissions" setting controls restrictions that can be placed on the PDF file. To prevent printing of a PDF file, uncheck the "Allow the document to be printed" option. To prevent the text and graphics from being copied from the PDF file, uncheck the "Allow text and graphics to be copied" option. To prevent the document from being modified in a PDF editor, uncheck the "Allow the document to be modified" option.


The PDF file format allows two types of passwords, a user password and a master password. The user password is used to open the document, and the master password used to encrypt the security options. When a user password is set, Acrobat Reader displays the following prompt when you open the PDF file.


Password prompt in Adobe Reader for encrypted PDF files

Adobe Reader Enter Password Window


You must always enter a master password when security options are enabled or if a user password is specified. It is recommended that passwords be at least 8 characters long and contain at least 1 number.


The password and permissions options are only available when the "Encryption Level" is set to 128 or 256 bit encryption. Here is a YouTube video that shows how to set the security options:


Enabling security options in PDF with Win2PDF Pro



Information on controlling the encryption options from a custom application is available in "controlling encryption options" in the developer information section.


An administrator can disable or change the default value  for any of the security settings using the "Win2PDF Admin Utility" available for download at:


You can also change PDF security using the Win2PDF Desktop App, or using the Command Line PDF Encryption.