How to Email a Secure PDF

By Cecelia Owens

Email accounts, even if you try repeatedly to safely secure them, are never truly safe from vicious attacks. With malware, spam and phishing around every Internet corner, having the ability to download an application that can safely secure and protect your portable document format (PDF) files can be helpful. Important PDF documents, such as midterm essays, a work proposal or a professional document, can become infected or even deleted if the documents are not password secured.

Securing the PDF File

Step 1

Download a password protection application that can secure your PDF document. Programs, such as novaPDF, allow you to secure your PDF file when you are sending it through email. Access the novaPDF website then click the "Download" tab.

Step 2

Purchase the application from the "Buy Now" tab. For securing your PDF document, purchase the "Lite" version of novaPDF.

Step 3

Save the application to your desktop then double-click the icon to install it. Follow the step-by-step installation process. Restart your computer when the installation is complete.

Step 4

Open the PDF file. Click the "File" menu and then "Print." In the "Printers" section of the menu, click "novaPDF."

Step 5

Click the "Properties" tab then open the "NovaPDF Properties." Click on the "Security" tab and select the encryption level of the document. Type a password into the provided text box then click the "OK" button to continue.

Sending the PDF File

Step 1

Open your email account then choose to compose a new message. Enter the email address that you want to send the PDF file to.

Step 2

Attach the password protected PDF to the email then click the "Send" button. Log-out of your email account.

Step 3

Call the individual that you sent the PDF file to and give him or her the password. Do not send the password via email because dangerous attacks can steal information contained within emails including the password.

Tips & Warnings

  • The lite version of novaPDF costs $20.