Allow viewing of documents without being able to copy

By sidekick ·
I've been given an interesting challenge. We want to be able to give some of our internal people the ability to look at some documents containing our super secret formulas, without them being able to copy them. Since simply assigning read-only access won't cut it, anyone have any ideas?

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If you can look, you can photograph

by robo_dev In reply to Allow viewing of document ...

so without direct supervision, that's a tough one.

If these were PDF files, viewed on a web-browser in kiosk mode, on a workstation setup in kiosk mode, it would be view only.

Look at any consumer-facing computer interface, such as an ATM, Airline ticketing kiosk, etc.....these are view-only devices.

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Umm can't happen

by LarryD4 In reply to Allow viewing of document ...

Even if you go in and set permissions so the user can view the file, it can be copied.

Even if you had a way to remove the permission to use the copy command you would need to remove the ability to allow people to do a print screen or screen capture.

Its really not possible and as the other post said, even if you can keep people from doing a print screen a camera would work just fine..

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Adobe Acrobat

by shasca In reply to Allow viewing of document ...

Adobe Acrobat has custom security settings. Check their site andd see if this product will do what you need.

This cut from their website

Open secured PDFs
If you receive a PDF that is protected by security features, you may need a password to open the document. Some protected documents have restrictions that prevent you from printing, editing, or copying content in the document. If a document has restricted features, any tools and menu items related to those features are dimmed.

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by LarryD4 In reply to Adobe Acrobat

It works good but it still does not get around the fact that you can hit print screen and paste it in to paint.

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by shasca In reply to FYI

At least I gave him a suggestion as opposed to ridicule. I said it would be something he could look at, not a fix-all. He's the only one that can decide what to do in his environment. Not we........

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Well lets see

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Allow viewing of document ...

First you will need a Secure Environment where these can be opened. Then you will need Display Only Screens that have just the one Document on.

The users who access these will need to be prevented from bringing in any means of performing a Copy such as Digital Cameras, Pen & Paper, Mobile Phone with a Camera in them hell No Phones at all because they could use these to pass on the information by simply reading the screens contents over the phone to some outsider and as there is no Keyboard there is no way to grab a Screen Capture or so on.

Also the People who access these Documents will be required to have their Brains Washed Clean so that they do not remember any of the Secret Formula's and copy then down when they leave the building.

Your simple answer is that if there are secrets involved there is no way to prevent them being copied and even worse opening them up to the Internet is another Attack Vector to destroy a Company by on selling all of their Secrets to the Opposition or a New Business just starting up.


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Soylent Green - that would cover you pretty well ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Allow viewing of document ...

Show 'em everything you've got in the way of secret stuff. Wine 'em & Dine 'em. Get 'em happy and content.

Then chop 'em up as they leave! :^0


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by LarryD4 In reply to Soylent Green - that wo ...

Wonder how many people here know what Soylent Green is.

Hmm where is the front end loader...

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I'm one of em

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to LOL

But I saw that when it was new and a First Release.

But I'm willing to bet that not many know what it is.


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re: Wonder how many...

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to LOL

I remember when the movie first came out. It's one of my favorites!

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