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Encrypting Documents for Authentication

Acxiom is committed to protecting your sensitive information, and therefore recommends that you encrypt any sensitive documents before electronically submitting them for manual authentication.

To Encrypt with Adobe PDF

Scan and save your authentication document as a *.PDF file.

  1. Open the PDF and choose Tools > Protection > Encrypt > Encrypt with Password. You can also choose File > Properties and select the Security tab. If you do not see the Protection panel, see the instructions for adding panels at Task panes.
  2. If you receive a prompt to change the security, click Yes.
  3. Select a compatibility level. This option sets the encryption level and key size. Encryption algorithm and key size are version specific. Ensure that your encryption level is equal to or lower than the recipient's version of Acrobat or Reader.
  4. Select Encrypt all document contents.
  5. Select Require a password to open the document, and then type the password in the corresponding field. For each keystroke, the password strength meter evaluates your password and indicates the password strength using color patterns.
  6. Click OK.

To Encrypt with Nitro PDF

  1. Scan and save your authentication document as a *.PDF file.
  2. Do one of the following:
    1. On the Protect tab, in the Secure Document group, click Password Security.
    2. In the File menu, select Document Properties.
    3. The Document Properties dialog box opens. On the Security tab, in the Security method menu, select Password security.
    4. If the PDF document already has password security, the program prompts you to enter the document password before updating password security.
  3. In the Password Security dialog box, check the Require a password to the document checkbox, and enter a password.
  4. Click More. In the Security Level section, specify an encryption Algorithm. 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) is considered the most secure.
  5. Click OK or Finish.
  6. Save your PDF document to apply the new security settings.

To Encrypt with WinZip

WinZip can encrypt files while you create Zip files (.zip or .zipx) and can also add encryption to existing Zip files.

WinZip Ribbon Interface
  1. Click the Encrypt button in the Create/Edit tab.
  2. If you have not already done so, use the Conversion Settings drop-down menu to set your encryption level (to the right of the Watermark button).
  3. Create a new Zip file.
  4. Enter a password when the Encrypt dialog box displays.
  5. Save the Zip file.
Legacy Menus/Toolbar
  1. Open WinZip and click Add.
  2. In the Add dialog box, check the Encrypt added files box.
  3. When the Encrypt dialog box displays, specify an Encryption method.
  4. Enter a password and click OK.
  5. Save the Zip file.

If you create a Zip file in a folder window using the context menu (right-click), the Add dialog box displays with an option to encrypt the files. If you choose to add files to an existing Zip file using Add to recently used Zip file, there is no Add dialog box and therefore no opportunity to encrypt the files while they are being added. In such a case, encrypt files after they have been added.

Encrypting Data in an Existing Zip File
  1. Open the Zip file.
    • Winzip Ribbon Interface: Click Encrypt Zip File on the Tools tab.
    • Legacy Menus/toolbar: Click Encrypt on the Actions menu.

- OR -

  1. Right-click on the Zip file in a folder window.
  2. Choose WinZip.
  3. Click Encrypt.

In either case, WinZip asks for a password (and encryption method if you are using the Classic interface) and then encrypts all files currently in the Zip file.