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    How to prevent doc. cut/copy/manupulation and frw to 3rd party?

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    How to prevent doc. cut/copy/manupulation and frw to 3rd party?
    Hi,


    I have a whole project document that took me ages to make. Now, on a short notice I have been asked to forward it to one person, for their evaluation!

    How can I prevent them to cut/copy/manipulate this document in any way, for their own needs and even prevent them from forwarding any section of this document to a 3rd party!

    I have thought through this and evaluated few options, but they dont seem to be very viable to meet my needs.

    Any useful suggestions will be appreciated, even very abstract ones for mac OS or windows OS!

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    Print it as a pdf.

    As far as preventing them from forwarding I don't know of a bullet proof way. But what I just did a couple days ago in a similar situation was to forward a pdf with a cover email asking the recipient to not show it to anyone without first asking permission.
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    People can easily edit PDFs with the right software. You need to password protect the pdf as well.

    As for them not being able to send it to someone else...I'm afraid that's all on the honor system.
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    One thing you could do is include a copyright notice and a specific warning to the recipient that it is not to be altered in any way. Perhaps such an implied legal threat would have some effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasGeorge View Post
    One thing you could do is include a copyright notice and a specific warning to the recipient that it is not to be altered in any way. Perhaps such an implied legal threat would have some effect.
    DVDs and movies have legal disclaimers...and yet that doesn't seem to dissuade people. >_>"

    If they really wanted to, they could easily just take a screen shot of the document and be on their way.
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    Make it images.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonRequiem View Post
    People can easily edit PDFs with the right software. You need to password protect the pdf as well.
    In case you were wondering, here's how:
    Select File > Print

    Click the "PDF" button menu and select "Save as PDF..."

    Click the "Security Options..." button

    Check the boxes next to "Require password to copy" and "Require password to print" and enter a password. Don't give them the password.

    This isn't 100% foolproof...if they're dead set on copying it, they can break the security using special software, or just retype it themselves.

    As for them not being able to send it to someone else...I'm afraid that's all on the honor system.
    This is also true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dysfunction View Post
    Make it images.
    I thought of that too. But these days OCR apps could defeat that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasGeorge View Post
    I thought of that too. But these days OCR apps could defeat that.
    sure, and they could retype it too. All you can do is make it a pain.
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    Have a ghosted image in the background?
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    I would make it a PDF on your webs server and ask them not so to show the link to anybody else. You can then track the IP addresses and see on how many computers it has been opened on and if opened on more than 1 or 2 you can call them out on it.
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    This is the probably more complicated than it needs to be. Anyways...I remember scripting something in flash where every time someone access the site it generates a password.

    I dunno if it's possible but maybe you can limit it only to be viewed by only that IP address with that particular password.
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    How to prevent doc. cut/copy/manupulation and frw to 3rd party?
    Hi,


    thank you for all the feedback, however small or big they are.
    Even every little knowledge, put together can help very much, and sometimes a little brainstorming can help very much to direct to the right route!

    I heard in the past that you could, allow access to documents on a FTP for a particular IP/IP's and for a certain time/number of times to access the document. But I just cant remember, how you call that process(keywords) to do more detailed research on the topic!

    CrimsonReqiuem/PowerbookG4//Dysfunction; could you pls elaborate more in detail "what you" mean by "ghosted images" and "I remember scripting something in flash where every time someone access the site it generates a password".

    What do you exactly mean, by allowing access to a certain IP?

    Can this be done for per date/time frame/hours of access to a particular document?

    I know in general terms, what you all mean. But we need more real working samples, and exact keywords to understand the process.
    That way, we might be aware about the short comings to better decide if its viable to meet our present needs!

    Any reliable platform to use, that you know about to do this?(what are the cost/user conditions/requirements etc.)

    The PDF related suggestions are not viable, as some of you have pointed out. Its easy to overcome the so called security features!


    Appreciate any useful and practical inputs.

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    The ghosted image is basically a really light image in the background. With your typed document on top. The image can be anything really, your logo for example.

    As for the allowing only a certain IP, that's a little complicated so just forget that I mentioned it. >_<" For it to work you would have to ask for that persons IP address and they might not feel comfortable doing so.
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