Protect Acrobat Reader with Microsoft Information Protection
Users for Azure Information Protection and other Microsoft Information Protection solutions can now use Adobe Reader to read labeled and protected content.
Microsoft Information Protection customers will able to use Adobe Acrobat Reader on Windows to open-labeled and protected PDFs. Adobe Acrobat Reader is the preferred PDF reader for consuming protected PDF content for many customers.
Integration between Adobe and Microsoft Information Protection
The integration with Microsoft Information Protection solutions enables enterprise customers to securely classify, label and protect PDF documents in a native way, similar to how Office applications implement information protection.
This will help drive consistency in information protection practices across the enterprise between labels in Office documents and in PDFs.
How to Start
To see how the preview capabilities, work:
- Install the latest Azure Information Protection client
- Label and protect a PDF document
- Try to open the PDF in a PDF viewer that cannot open the protected PDF
- Install the public preview Adobe Acrobat Reader and plug-in
- Open the same document using Adobe Acrobat Reader
To install the latest Azure Information Protection, the client goes to the following link. Then, go to Windows File Explorer, right click on a PDF file and select Classify and protect.
Using the Azure Information Protection client, select a label to apply.
Notice the file extension of the PDF file extension does not change.
When opening the PDF document in an application that is not able to read a labeled and protected PDF, this is what users will see:
When users click on the Windows icon, it will take them to this page to download the preview Adobe Acrobat Reader:
Clicking on the above link starts the download. The Adobe Acrobat Reader integration with Microsoft Information Protection comes in two files:
- A public preview of Adobe Acrobat Reader
- A public preview of the integration plug-in
First, install the Acrobat Reader. Then, install the Adobe plug-in. Please make sure to install in this sequence.
The preview of Adobe Acrobat Reader is a consumption experience for documents that are already labeled and protected. The Adobe Acrobat Reader experience will enforce rights of the protection – based on the classification label associated with the file.
After the installation, if you want to enable logging, then you’ll need to disable protected mode.
To disable protected mode:
- Start the preview Adobe Acrobat Reader application
- Select the Edit menu and go to the Preferences option
- In the preferences window select the Security (Enhanced) option
Select Ok and restart the Adobe Acrobat Reader application and properties
After you’ve completed the installation steps and restart the application, you’ll now be able to open and view labeled and protected PDF documents directly from within Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Users will now see that Adobe Acrobat Reader shows the label and enforces the protection applied by the Confidential label.
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