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by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
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PDFZilla overrides PDF's copy protection

Giveaway Of The Day recently offered a FREE licensed copy of PDFZilla. PDFZilla has a option to convert a PDF to Word, RTF or text file format.

I was a little surprised to discover that it can even convert PDFs with copy protection and as a result text can be copied from the converted file. I (naively?) believed that the a PDFs copy protection property was unbreakable. In fact there seem to be other tools as well that can bypass a PDF's copy protection.

I wanted to share this finding so that others wanting to protect their PDFs are not under the mistaken belief that the protection mechanism is reliable.

Also see:
HOW TO convert authenticated / protected pages to PDF
Set PDF security settings with OpenOffice

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