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How to Encrypt PDF with Password and Permissions

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2022-09-06 10:19:44 • Filed to: How-To-Windows • Proven solutions

When dealing with PDFs that contains sensitive information, it is advisable to use PDF encryption. This prevents an unapproved person from accessing confidential information in your PDF. You can also restrict the printing, editing, and copying of content. In this article, we'll cover how to encrypt a PDF with Wondershare PDFelement - PDF Editor.

Part 1. How to Encrypt a PDF with a Password

Step 1. Import PDF Files

After opening PDFelement, open the PDF file by clicking on the "Open files" button on the Home window. Find and select your desired PDF file.

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Step 2. Get Encryption Options

After your PDF is opened in PDFelement, navigate to the "Protect" tab. On the submenu, hit the "Set Password" button to activate the Password Security window.

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Step 3. Apply Password Encryption

Select " Open password" to create a password of your choice. You'll need to re-enter it to confirm. Next, enter the Permission Password option.

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Unsure of which encryption software to use? PDFelement is the ultimate tool to encrypt your PDF file. It comes with a great user interface that enables you to add a password for opening files. This software also enables you to create a password that will grant permission to editing, printing, and modification of your PDF. This powerful PDF editor lets you remove and change a password if desired as well. You can check the permission and security properties of the PDF under the properties icon.

Part 2. How to Encrypt PDF with Password on Mac

Let’s consider you are using mac operating system and are planning to encrypt pdf for email or for any other purpose. PDFelement is the finest pdf encryption software that has unnumbered features to deal with a pdf document. Here are the steps to encrypt a pdf document;

Step 1: Open a PDF

Download and install the software on your mac and open the pdf by clicking on “Open file” button.

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Step 2: Encrypt your PDF

Now that your pdf file is opened, go to the toolbar and click “File” > “Protect” and there you will have the sub menu. Here, click on “Encrypt with password”.


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Step 3: Choose the restrictions

If you are planning to make it more secure, you can add an open password that will restrict unauthorized person from opening it. In order to tighten the restrictions, you can also choose “Permissions” option that would stop anyone from making any changes into the document. Once you have made all the amendments, save the document on your desired location.

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Part 3. How to Encrypt PDF Online

In case you are planning to pdf online, here are the solutions for you;

Method 1. HiPDF

Here are the steps to use HiPDF;

Step 1: Visit the website

Go to the homepage of HiPDF and you will have a number of pdf-related tools. Choose “Protect PDF” and the secured pdf tool page will open up.


Step 2: Upload the file

Click on the “Choose file” option to upload the pdf that you wish to encrypt. Once uploaded, move to the next step.

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Step 3: Encrypt and download

After the file has been uploaded, you can enter a strong password which should be more than six characters. Moving on, click “Encrypt” and wait for the amendments to save. Once the process has been completed, click on the “Download” button to save your document.


Method 2. Adobe Acrobat

Here are the steps to use Adobe Acrobat;

Step 1: Visit the website

Go to and continue.

Step 2: Upload the PDF

In the middle of the webpage, you will see an option “Select file”. Click it to upload your pdf.

Step 3: Encrypt and download

Once the file is uploaded, type a strong password and click “Set Password”. Wait for the procedure to end and you can download the secured pdf.

Method 3. Sejda

Here the steps to use Sejda;

Step 1: Visit the website

Go to the and continue.

Step 2: Upload your file

On your screen, you will have a green button that says “Upload PDF file” click to upload the pdf.

Step 3: Encrypt and download

Moving on, you will need to enter a strong password and wait for the process to end. Once completed, download the file.

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