Friday, January 20, 2012

Considering the raging PDF ePub issue

In publishing their eBooks many editors are grappling over the issue of which format to have their creative in and thus the PDF ePub dilemma. Also known as Adobe Digital Edition, ePub is part of the adobe e-book platform that is used for authoring, protecting and delivering eBooks across different devices, and which is easily converted to Adobe PDF format. However, there already exist plenty of methods of removing Adept or ePub DRM security, thus exposing eBooks to all manner of content abuse including unauthorized viewing, copying, printing, sharing and so forth.

Until now there have not been significant developments aimed at making ePub DRM as successful as that of PDF, and while this has not dissuaded people from using it, the question that begs is how long it will take before an effective system is developed. When stuck on the PDF ePub divide for creating your document, it will serve you well to consider whether you need your eBooks to be a source of income or whether they will be freely available allowing for unrestricted copying and modification by all and sundry.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Protect Files – Total Security with Safeguard PDF Security

We need documentation security systems to protect files from unauthorized distribution in addition to determining what authorized users can do with them or for how long they can use them.

With Safeguard PDF Security from, some of the finer protect file aspects that you get to employ include controlling viewing, printing, copying, modifying, sharing, saving, determining PDF expiration dates, stopping print screen and screen grabbers, and stopping printing to file, image printers or PDF format. Such a system therefore gives you the power to decide when your documents can no longer be viewed, and whether they can be viewed offline or only online, and if this can occur in thin or virtual client environments. Similarly to the PDF expiration dates, you can also decide when user accounts will expire.

Safeguard PDF Security ensures that you can protect files sufficiently thanks its secure viewer which enforces the controls that you place on the document. This is not a password-based protect file system and thus you not exposed to various PDF security flaws that are typical of other systems.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Secured Document Sharing – Is it Possible?

In most circumstances publishers seek to use mechanisms that will help to stop forwarding of their documents. However, to merely stop sharing is not a comprehensive approach because there are circumstances where we need to share our documents, say for feedback purposes. For such situations we need a system that can guarantee secured document sharing such that it will regulate what users can do with documents.

Encrypting documents cannot stop forwarding because once a document is decrypted the unprotected version can easily be distributed to others. A document security system such as that from, i.e. Safeguard PDF Security, does not only stop sharing but it also regulates the document functions available to the user thanks to its intertwined DRM control mechanism. This system sustains secured document sharing by locking files to individual computers so that access is only possible for authorized users.

Friday, January 6, 2012

About Copy Protection in Documentation Security Systems

In an effort to prevent the abuse of PDF documents, publishers are increasingly looking to document security systems to ensure that they get full value for their creative works. Top on the list for each system is that it should provide adequate copy protection considering that duplication is the easiest way to pirate documents.

We should appreciate that document encryption will not be sufficient in securing content since once the authorized user decrypts the document he/she can do anything with it besides just making copies. However, the use of Digital Rights Management (DRM) controls can effectively address this vulnerability and as such any document security tool worth its salt must feature aspects of encryption and DRM controls.

It also suggested that these systems should feature a disable paste function in addition to the copy protection mechanism. However, a system that can adequately prevent copying should not need a disable paste mechanism because in the first place if you cannot copy a document then surely there will be nothing to paste!