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Apps and secure .pdf

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Slavus_Maximus, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. Slavus_Maximus

    Slavus_Maximus New Member
    Thread Starter

    Jan 23, 2013

    Hi everyone. This is my first and hopefully not last post on this forum. I'd like some help with pdf files in Android apps. I have a document that I'd like to distribute to certain work colleagues but don't want the document to be able to be emailed or amended (printing would be ok). As it stands there are no security measures I can put in place easily to prevent someone from distributing this document via email once they receive it. So my question is, if I created a simple app that would open this file would the same security rules apply or is there a way of changing the way the pdf is opened so it is 'read only' as it were?

    Any help in this regard would be appreciated. Thanks.


  2. hstroph

    hstroph Well-Known Member

    Oct 18, 2012
    Once they have a copy, it's theirs and beyond your control. All you can do in the original pdf is to require a password to open it for viewing but not editing, and otherwise make it unchangeable (read-only) and unselectable (so they can't copy-n-paste) once the password's been given. They can save it to whatever filename they want, but they won't be able to change the password requirement or other restrictive attributes.

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