How To Password Protect A PDF (2024)

Protect your PDF files with passwords set by yourself. It's 100% free and it takes right about 10 seconds
Last updated on:
December 29, 2023
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Reduce people’s access by password protecting your PDF documents.

On this very page, you’re learning how to protect PDF files using passwords that you can keep for yourself and/or share with a limit circle of people.

Never let anybody access your PDF again unless they don’t have a password.

Let’s get at it!

How to password protect a PDF file (for free)

Secure your documents and password protect then in the following way:

  1. Upload the PDF in the box below;
  2. Enter & Confirm your password;
  3. Download the secured PDF.

This is the fastest way to password protect a PDF without Adobe Acrobat or any other paid tool. At SignHouse, we do these things for free.

How to password protect a PDF without Adobe Acrobat

Worried that you’ll forget the password or you want to change it? Besides this tool, we have a PDF unlock tool to help you remove the password that you’ve just set.

Why can’t I password protect a PDF?

You might not be able to secure a PDF because the original file isn’t yours. If so, the easiest way to password protect a PDF is to use a free online tool like ours:

  1. Upload your PDF;
  2. Type & Confirm the password;
  3. Download the secured PDF.

That’s how you properly secure a PDF without installing any app!


Are password protected PDFs secure?

Yes, 100%. As long as you don't share the password with anybody that would leak it, your PDF is guaranteed to be secure.

Can you password protect a PDF in Google?

Yes, you can! For free and without downloading any software, follow these steps:

  1. Upload your file in our PDF protector;
  2. Type & Confirm your password;
  3. Download the password protected PDF.

How can I unlock a PDF if I forgot its password?

To unlock a PDF document without having its password, upload it to SignHouse and select the option to remove the password. Wait a few seconds and the download the unlocked PDF.

How do I password protect a PDF in Chrome?

You can password-protect a PDF online, using the Google Chrome browser:

  1. Drag & Drop your file in our password protector;
  2. Type and then confirm your new password;
  3. Download the secured PDF document.

How do you password protect a PDF in an email?

Upload your emailed PDF in our password protecting software, type and confirm the password, and then you can download the secured PDF.

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