Protect PDF Files (Online & Free)

Upload your PDF document, then type a password and re-confirm it by typing it again. When finished, download your protected PDF for free.
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How you can protect a PDF file

To protect a PDF file for free, you need to upload it in our online password-protecting software. Type a password for the document, then re-confirm it and download your protected document. The file’s contents are now safe.

There are three simple steps that you need to follow in order to protect a PDF document. First of all, you need to upload the file that you want to edit. Then, select the option to add a password to your PDF file and start typing it. Remember to click the save button so your changes will be applied to the PDF, and then feel free to download the new, protected PDF.

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1. Upload your PDF

Select the PDF document that you want to protect.

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2. Protect Option

Select the option to add a password and start typing it.
Privacy Note: SignHouse won't know the password added to your document.

3. New, Protected PDF

Apply the changes and download the new document - that's your protected PDF!

Protect a PDF without Adobe Acrobat — online app!

If you want to restrict people's access to your document, then adding a password to the file is what you're looking for. Moreover, we believe that we have the solution for you, as we've built this online and free PDF protector that is going to let you set a password for your document. This way, nobody else besides you and whoever else has the password can't access the document, and you get to control who has access to your PDF. Drag and drop your file, lock, save.

How to protect a PDF file for free

Locked PDFs

Our online PDF protecting software does a simple thing that is going to give you full control of who has access to PDF documents: locking the PDF with a password of your choice. Take care of your content!

100% Control

You're the one in charge of who gets to access a PDF document. Keep the password just for yourself, share it with friends of work colleagues, or do whatever you need with the PDF. We never look at your files either.

Unlock if needed

If you want to unlock the document you've protected with a password, know that you can do it. SignHouse also provides a PDF unlocking tool that helps you take out the old password and let it free of any password.

Oh, and it's free

Besides the fact that you get to protect as many PDF documents as you need, one huge advantage is that our tool is free of charge. That's right - guaranteed free PDF password-protecting without any gimmicks!

Why should you protect a PDF with us?

At SignHouse, we're doing our best to expand the possibilities to customise a PDF as much as you want. The two greatest advantages of our tool are that you don't have to pay to use it, and that you can protect PDF documents on any device. We don't want to say that SignHouse is what you need, and instead, we want to show you the benefits and let you decide.

Use any device

You can use our free PDF protection software on all of your devices. Whether you like to use your phone or tablet more than your computer (or the other way around), SignHouse is guaranteed to work properly.

Secure PDFs

This goes beyond protecting your PDF documents with passwords, because locking a PDF is 100% safe with SignHouse since we never look at your PDF files, and we never share them without your will.

Update passwords

If your PDF document already has a password, know that you can update the PDF's password with our tool designed specifically to enhance your document's safety. Update PDF passwords every once in a while!

Live assistance

If you ever find any trouble with the online PDF protect software, know that we're just one click away from you. Get in touch with us via live chat by clicking the bubble in the bottom-right corner of this page.

What they say about us

No-brainer pricing for a small business - or even big business, I reckon : - )

Tried the product. Worked like a charm. Never had any problem + the clean UI got us. Wish there would be more features, but I believe in the team behind.
Harsh G.
Founder, CEO
SignHouse has been nothing short of convenient, efficient and fast. Oh and top notch customer support too...

Couldn't ask for more!
Julie M.
Executive Administrative Assistant
SignHouse has made a big difference in the workflow of my business. Sure there are other, more mature e-signing platforms out there, but they are all convoluted and too focused on big, enterprise companies. It feels like SignHouse is on our side.
Michael B.
Photography Consultant
Getting documents to parents is significantly simpler now. However, even more importantly, parents aren't getting lost in the signing process anymore. 👍
Sandy T
SignHouse was AMAZING for what we needed. "Do one thing and do it well" - they've nailed that, as everyone is very happy with the product here.

Looking forward to seeing how the product develops, as the team is super ambitious.
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"Simpler, yet does the job better than most of the clunky eSignature software out there"
"SignHouse cut down on our signing processes by at least 50% - and we were using eSignature software before as well"
"I just never thought signing documents can ever become a pleasurable experience"

Frequently asked questions

Are your electronic signatures legal?

Our signatures are 100% legally binding, as SignHouse is built around US and International Laws concerning digital signatures. SignHouse eSignatures are on par with paper signatures, from a legal point of view!

Signing papers digitally started being equal to physical, handwritten signatures in the U.S. eSignature Act of 2000 (U.S. Federal Act) + the Uniform Electronic Transaction Act (UETA). As a consequence, laws in other countries have followed suit. SignHouse is built around these laws.

Are you adding an actual eSignature or just an image?

All signatures are a real, eSignature that is 100% legally binding.

We save important, relevant data (that can be used legally in all types of situations, including in courts) such as identifiable details of a person, IP addresses, etc, just so our electronic signatures can be as valid as digital signatures can get.

What about privacy and security?

SignHouse's signatures are secure for all kinds of businesses and companies. All our signatures happen on a secure, SSL-connected domain. Documents are not made public and unique keys are generated through SignHouse so that privacy and security are at the foundation of the documents on our platform.

How do my signees get to sign with SignHouse?

We've streamlined the signing process so that your signees can sign your documents with no hurdles at all — and with the smallest amount of steps required. It can take as little as 30 seconds! 

How do you compare to ______?

We have a generous free plan, so we highly encourage you to make the comparison yourself! It costs you nothing - and no hard feelings if you don't want to go with us.

We would really love to know what made you go with us or somebody else! If you could take a moment to write to us about that, we'd highly appreciate it.

What if I have more questions?

Then we're standing by to help. Contact us, and we'll do our best to help 🤗

What's different about SignHouse?

SignHouse is completely free to start. Just upload a doc and start signing in a few minutes!
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