Review: LockLizard Safeguard PDF Security

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Review: LockLizard Safeguard PDF Security

LockLizard Safeguard PDF Security provides document rights management for PDF files.

LockLizard Safeguard PDF Security provides document rights management for PDF files.

This product can seamlessly encrypt PDF documents to prohibit users from performing several functions, including viewing; copying; sharing; modifying; saving; printing; printing to file, PDF or image printers; and screen grabbing. This app also lets the administrator set parameters, such as when documents expire (if at all), if documents should be revoked, if user accounts expire, and whether watermarks should be applied to viewed and/or printed documents.

This product is very similar in ease of use as LockLizard Protector (reviewed on pg. 66). The administration is setup much in the same fashion using an administrator app that is almost identical to the one in protector. Installation is also quite similar and takes just a few seconds to get the product up and running. We found it simple and intuitive to manage protection of documents as well.

While this product focuses only on PDF documents, it does perform quite well and it does offer a high amount of flexibility in terms of protection offered. The application can be hosted by LockLizard or hosted directly at the customer site via a simple web server. Also, accessing protected documents is easy. The only thing authorised users need is the viewer application, which can be downloaded for free.

Documentation includes a quick-start guide, an admin guide for the admin app, and a user guide for the viewer app that focuses in on how to install and use the viewer.

LockLizard provides 30 days of email-based support with purchase. Support for the rest of the year is available from US$1,495 and includes free product upgrades. There is also limited phone support available and a knowledge base on the website.

At a price just under US$5,000 for a perpetual license and US$1,495 per year for continued support and updates, we find this to be an average value for the money. While it does have some nice features for protecting and publishing PDF docs, it brings nothing else to the table. It seems like a high price to pay just to protect PDF files.

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For: Solid DRM protection for PDF files. Against: High cost for protection of a single file type. Verdict: Another good product from LockLizard that is solid within its selected space (PDF documents).

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