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Need Ability to Encrypt/Password Protect Document

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I have started work in Publisher that will include extremely sensitive material, which if compromised, will have dire consequences. Being new to this app, I am amazed there is no way to save the work as a encrypted and password protected document.

The work I am doing now in Publisher will take several days. When I finish a section and save, I need to save it in a protected format. When completed, the document will be for a few eyes only. If the material in it is compromised, it will result in dire consequences. I will have no trouble exporting it as a PDF and then encrypting the PDF using Acrobat or PDF Expert. But that is beside the point as it will leave the original, multi-page Publisher document unprotected.

Documents in other apps such as Adobe and Microsoft can easily be protected. However, I dislike Adobe, I am getting used to Affinity apps and I certainly do not want to start over my project in InDesign.

I consider not having an ability to protect ongoing and finished work a serious shortcoming . . . for myself and others.

Affinity, please figure out a way to save work in Designer and Publisher as encrypted/password protected and update these apps accordingly. This really is essential for lots of people and if you ever want them to be used where secrecy, confidentiality and security is necessary. (I can use an outside app to encrypt the file. The problem, though, is that some few others who need to see the original and make necessary changes, may not be able to use the app needed to decrypt. That's why there needs to be a way to "seal" and open a doc by anyone with the password.)

THANK YOU!

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Hi FHPhotog2,

Unfortunately this is not currently a feature that Affinity supports. However I will pass your feedback on to development and move this post into the Feedback and Feature Requests section

Thanks for letting us know!

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Documents in other apps such as Adobe and Microsoft can easily be protected.

And as far as I know, they can be easily hacked, too.

Use cryptography instead. Encrypt your hard disk, your OS, choose safe passwords (the longer, the better), use tools like veracrypt to encapsulate your document. From the very beginning of creating your document, your pc/mac must be safe. 


Alexander Walther, Informationsdesigner B.A.

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3 hours ago, alexplus_de said:

And as far as I know, they can be easily hacked, too.

For the most part this changed for the Office apps with the newer XML-based file formats which use a much more secure form of encryption than the older binary formats.

However, none of these (PDF, Office, encrypted disk or container, etc.) will be any more secure than the ability to prevent someone from guessing or otherwise obtaining the selected password.

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