I"m new to Activ Ebook, but enjoying it and catching on. I want to offer the option of opening and printing my story from a PDF file, but I don't want them to be able to save it outside of Active Ebook. Is this possible? Any other options for printer-friendly output without compromising "security"?
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If you use the search capabilities of this forum you'll find that my HYPrLock product, not only provides maximum PDF security, it's also your most economical option.
HYPrLock does provide a printing option -- and it prevents people from "sharing" your PDF/eBook. However, most PDF authors fail to understand how the act of printing compromises PDF security.
When you allow printing -- total control of your document is passed to the Windows printer system. Unfortunately there are dozens of virtual PDF print drivers available (some are free) that can pretend to be a Windows printer. This means that anyone with a virtual PDF printer program can instantly print your PDF material into a new "unprotected" PDF document
Any PDF/eBook program (including HYPrLock) that enables printing is vulnerable. There is no protection! PDF authors that allow printing must accept the security risk.
On the other hand, recognizing the security hazard, a prudent and creative PDF author could still figure out a way to allow some targeted printing. For example if there are forms that need to be printed -- they could be added to the eBook as separate "printable" attachments. Another solution might be to have two PDF documents -- one unprotected and printable and another that was password protected. The idea is to prevent anyone from stealing your most valuable product.. your information.
Most PDF authors are not aware of the hidden dangers associated with printing or the limitations of PDF or eBook security. If you allow content to be printed -- that content is passed from a safe secure environment to an insecure Windows system environment -- where the content is no longer protected.
Another security issue that most eBook authors are unaware of is that disabling "print screen" is no guarantee that screen images are safe. I'm not talking about capturing the data with a digital camera but the fact that many screen capture programs have the ability to access raw screen data directly in computer memory -- bypassing any Windows control.
The most any PDF/eBook author can hope to do, is make copying and sharing valuable content is as difficult as possible.
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