How to Hide Sensitive or Private Information in PDF?

Thu. 27 Jan. 202220843

Information protection has been far more important nowadays. However, if sensitive data falls into the wrong hands, then fraud, identity theft, or similar harms will continue to pour in. Given the cost of a security breach - losing your customers’ trust and perhaps even defending yourself against a lawsuit - safeguarding personal information is just plain good business. 

Here we will discuss why and how to protect your sensitive contents in PDFs with redaction tools by our PDF Reader Pro.

Why redact or hide sensitive information?

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Once leaked or illegally used, personal sensitive information is likely to cause the personal dignity of a natural person to be infringed or property safety to be compromised, including biometrics, religious beliefs, specific identities, medical health, financial accounts, whereabouts and other information, as well as the personal information of minors under the age of fourteen. 

Therefore, for the sake of security, it must be noted that there is always some sensitive information needed to be hidden from PDFs before sending it to a recipient. On some occasions, you may have to remove personal information from a document to make it anonymous. And redaction is the permanent deletion of your private contents in your PDFs. 

Redacting a PDF document

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Redaction, which means removing information from documents, is necessary when confidential information must be removed from a document before final publication. Problems can arise when editors are unaware of the appropriate PDF tools to hide personal information. Here PDF Reader Pro provides the best solution for you with the following useful characteristics.

  • Easy to Use: Redact to permanently hide your private contents in just three steps — open-click-apply. 

  • Free to Customize: Add overlay text, set outline color, fill color, opacity and text alignment of redacted area based on your preference and need.

  • A Clear Reminder: Remind you to confirm whether to redact or not because it’s an irreversible operation.

As mentioned above, it is sufficient to use PDF Reader Pro to redact and cover your sensitive contents in PDFs. Briefly, the process of redacting in PDF involves:

  • Step 1: Select Redact on the toolbar and get into redact mode.

  • Step 2: Click the information you want to hide.

  • Step 3: Select Apply to permanently remove your private information.

  • Step 4: Click Properties to change color and customize overlay text.

All in all, the redaction tool is an assurance for your private information, and our user-friendly PDF Reader Pro is the best choice to hide sensitive contents in your PDFs. Don’t hesitate to try it now!


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