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How can I send an unprotected PDF file safely in email?
You need to provide information from your Health Profiles, but you do not wish to give the person your password.
So here is another way to protect the file. It does not use the PDF encryption or password protection. Instead it uses the capability of a compression program such as WinZip, or a host of other compression programs modelled after PKZIP.
You must obtain a copy of a compression program. A simple search for "free compression programs", will yield about 30 million hits! You'll be able to find what you need on the first or second page of the search results. WinZip, PKZip, and many other
shareware/freeware programs are out there. Depending upon your computer skills, you can choose programs that have very user friendly interfaces, to pure command line programs.
The key point to choosing one of these programs, is that it MUST allow you to compress a file, and to PASSWORD protect the file during compression.
Once you have selected the compression program you wish to use, spend some time in learning to use the program. Most are quite simple.
Here is an example of compressing and protecting one Health Profile.
Let's say the profile is that of Alice Nicely. She saves her Health Profile, by going to the Portable Health Profiles menu item, and choosing Print Health Reports To PDF.
Then she chooses Health Profile-HP, and does NOT check the protect box.
Then she clicks on create file, and she now has a report titled "HP_Alice Nicely.PDF"
Calling up her compression program, she now compresses this file, and indicates that it should be password protected. She also has the ability within the compression program to name the compressed file whatever she pleases. So for our example, ALice calls her file "HPANicely" Please remember that this is the compression program that is password protecting and naming the file.
Here is the results: Alice now has a file called HPANicely.ZIP The ZIP ending is if she used a compression program that makes "zip" files. This is the most common one.
Now she can put the HPANicely.ZIP on a diskette or attach it to an email. She only needs to give the person who receives the file the password that she used ONLY ON THIS FILE. She doesn't need to reveal her Health Profiles password at all.
The ZIP file is difficult even for most experienced programmer to break into. For everbody else it is impossible. Best of all, you can invent your own password for every different file that you process this way.
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