How Easy It Is To Crack Password Protected Pdfs?
There are a number of advantages in using PDF documents, and chief amongst the benefits is the ability to secure the document with the help of a password, as compared to other image files such as TIFFs or JPEGs. If you password protect PDF files then you can restrict the ability of a user in duplicating, editing or accessing text from the document and in some cases prevent the user from printing it. But PDF password protection is not as secure as it might seem…
Unfortunately, in spite of the best interests of the creator of the PDF document to secure the text or the matter contained in the file, password protected PDFs can easily be cracked and the document security features removed. A simple search on any major search engine will reveal numerous pdf password removal applications and workarounds that are easily and freely available online. These can be used in unlocking almost any secure PDF for unauthorized edits, sharing, and use with optical character recognition software.
Currently, a large number of companies continue to employ reusable, standard passwords to password protect PDF files. Unsurprisingly, these same standard passwords are also used in various other business applications, intranets and extranets, e-mail, CRM and other business programs within the organization. Maintaining confidential information or sensitive data in PDF documents with reusable or standard passwords is highly insecure and risky. This is because passwords can easily be hacked, stolen or guessed (the majority of passwords are weak and the most popular password is 123456); and once the password has been compromised, the PDF document is no longer secure.
In most cases, the document owner is rarely aware that their passwords have been compromised and if the hacker is smart, the fact that the attack has taken place also might never be discovered. For organizations and companies, this means that sensitive business data can be easily duplicated, edited, deleted or even read by unauthorized sources without anyone even knowing a security breach has occurred.
In spite of technological advancements and education surrounding the importance of strong passwords for confidential business information, a large number of companies still have a poor understanding of how easy it is for anybody outside the system to subtly hack into their data. Standard password-based PDF documents are often reused with the same credentials and in most cases these credentials are stored in a password database that is typically maintained on the company’s system. Hence the password to the document can either be acquired by snooping on the user’s network connection, hacking the system’s password file, keyboard tapping or keystroke capturing, stealth infection, searching online for a simple password removing application, or simply by guessing the password or using dictionary attacks. There are a number of powerful password cracking applications that are able to decrypt any password within seconds or minutes through a standard computer.
Which is why, it is now more critical than ever to employ potent authentication and encryption to secure sensitive PDF documents. In an ideal situation, organizations should get rid of standard, reusable passwords in favor of strong authentication methods like public key technology, tokens, and dongles. Most firms bury their heads in the sand, hoping that their password protected PDF documents remain safe. However, it only takes one incident; an occasion where confidential information is breached that can put the entire reputation of the organization at stake. It is important to consider all that is being risked – the company’s business privacy, client’s confidential data, and financial penalties.
To prevent the unauthorized usage of your PDF documents, you need to ditch your password protected PDF files for a PDF DRM system that uses public key technology. With public key technology, there are no PDF passwords to share, break, or forget – decryption keys are securely transferred and locked to authorized client computers. Locklizard’s PDF document security offers additional security features beyond simple PDF password protection. You can stop screen grabbing software, revoke PDF files at any stage, restrict access to specific users, and log document usage.
If you don’t want any real security for your PDF documents then password protecting PDF files is a cheap solution, but if you want to effectively control access to your PDF files no matter where they reside, then contact Locklizard.