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How to protect your private digital data by redaction?

Started by bpagrawal, September 29, 2014, 09:23:54 AM

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How to protect your private digital data by redaction?

In today's digital age, no person's private information is considered off limits by hackers. Recently, several celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, had their iCloud storage accounts hacked and their private moments shared with the world.
Confidential data that gets in the wrong hands may cause many problems. The trick is to know how to send data electronically, without giving away crucial, private information. For example, if you are asked to provide a W-2 Form as proof of income, how do you send this without revealing your social security number to potential hackers? How do you remove the data you do not want disclosed?
One of the most common formats for providing electronic information is via a PDF (Portable Document Format) file. This is where PDF redaction programs come in handy.   Redaction is the process of removing data from a file.  There are many different programs available, such as PDF Escape, Foxit, and Adobe Acrobat Professional.  Redacting a file can be a very easy process, but you have to be careful.

Here are a few tips to help you keep your sensitive information secure: