PDF files are excellent ways to pass around your documents are they can be viewed on any computer. Not just machines running Windows.

It’s also possible to keep your PDFs from prying eyes by password protecing them. Before the PDF can be opened, the person who wants to read the file needs to enter a password.

Which is all well and good until you need to open a PDF that’s password protected but you’ve put the password somewhere “safe”. Like in your home email and you’re trying to open the file at the office. It could be you’ve changed your email address or the email was on your old computer and never got swapped across. Or you thought “I’ll always remember that password” and never wrote it down. Maybe the PDF password was set by a colleague who doesn’t work for your company any more.

The other products that get protected by passwords are ebooks that you’ve just bought. For some reason, the product owner thinks that because you’ve just paid them good money, you’re now going to rip them off. Personally I think that treating customers like thieves will make them more open to sharing files. After that, I re-name the PDF file so that it includes the password. That way it’s easy to find the password and I don’t have to hunt through all my emails to find it. I haven’t always done this and some files have had to stay locked.

Often you only realize a password has been lost at the last minute. So you need to retrieve the password quickly.

There are a few ways round this.

You can simply ignore the file in the hope that your failure to open it won’t matter.

If you’ve got time on your hands, you can start to enter all your “favorite” password combinations. Usually in the vain hope that you’ll quickly find the password you used to protect the file.

You can download an inexpensive PDF password recovery program that will do all the hard work for you and will retrieve the PDF password you’ve lost in just a few minutes.

Discover one of the best PDF password recovery programs I’ve come across.

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