How to prevent people from taking screenshot of PDF?
As technology continues to advance and make our lives easier, it also presents new
challenges in terms of security. One of the biggest concerns for many individuals and
organizations is the ability to prevent unauthorized access to their confidential
information. This includes the ability to prevent people from taking screenshots of
their PDF documents. While it may seem like an easy task, it is actually quite
challenging to completely prevent someone from taking a screenshot of a PDF document.
However, there are several measures that can be taken to make it more difficult for
someone to do so. In this article, we will discuss some of the most effective ways to
prevent people from taking screenshots of PDF documents.
One of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent unauthorized use of your PDF
document is by adding a watermark to it. A watermark is a graphical image or text that
is added to a document to identify the owner or origin of the document. When a watermark
is added to a PDF document, it becomes much more difficult for someone to use a
screenshot of the document without your permission. This is because the watermark will
be visible in any screenshot taken of the document.
Screenshot Prevention for Documents (DRM)
Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a technology that is used to control access to
digital content and prevent unauthorized use. DRM solutions can be used to control
access to your PDF document and prevent unauthorized use, including taking screenshots.
However, these solutions are often complex and can limit the accessibility of your
document. For example, DRM solutions may require that users install specific software or
plug-ins in order to view the document, which can be inconvenient and time-consuming..
One excellent solution in this regard is our own tool: HelpRange.
HelpRange is a tool that provides the possibility to track and protect your documents.
By using HelpRange, it becomes easy to make it very difficult for people to take
screenshots of your PDFs (and also prevents taking photos of your document screens). We
use the phrase 'very difficult' because even our method is not 100% foolproof. Our
method operates by displaying only a portion of the document at a time in the internet
browser (you share your PDFs as links with others), preventing users from taking
screenshots of the entire document.
If you want to utilize HelpRange to prevent people from taking screenshots of your
documents, you simply need to click on the link for your uploaded PDF and enable
"Screenshot Mask". You can see how it works by watching the following video (you
can control the size of the 'visible box'):
A Few Words Of Summary
In conclusion, while it is not possible to completely prevent someone from taking a
screenshot of a PDF document, there are several measures that can be taken to make it
more difficult for someone to do so. Watermarking and DRM
solutions are some of the most effective ways to prevent unauthorized use of your PDF
document. When choosing the right security measure for your PDF document, it is
important to consider the level of security you need and the accessibility of your
document for authorized individuals.
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