What are the benefits of DRM on mobile devices? - Part One

Jul 10, 2012 8:19:44 AM

Mobile devices offer a variety of benefits to users, as they can access a wide selection of content on many platforms. Publishers frequently choose portable document format (PDF) files to deliver these materials because it is a fast, easy-to-use option. However, it is important for these parties to protect their content because security concerns exist across the globe.

According to an October 2011 survey conducted by CTIA - The Wireless Association, the number of wireless devices used in the United States outnumbered the country's population. The amount of laptop, tablet and smartphone users could continue to grow, which makes document DRM more important than ever.

Take a look at few of the advantages of high-quality document protection with PDFs.

1. Distribution management - Mobile devices make it simple to view files from any location, but some users might want to restrict access to various documents.

For instance, a user may have a copy of bills stored on a mobile device. These files could contain confidential information, and if the unit falls into the wrong hands, this person might face fraud and other issues.

With PDF files, people are able to password protect their content, which delivers an additional measure of safety. Distribution management is critical, as users have the opportunity to access multiple documents with a single login and password.

Meanwhile, extra options are available to further enhance control. People can enable document lockdown, or place a watermark on documents to prevent them from being illegally distributed.

2. Reduce content piracy risks - Users may enjoy the ability to control how their files are distributed, and might also appreciate the possibility of managing reader access permissions. PDFs allow people to define, modify or revoke reader access, which further enhances their security.

There are a variety of ways in which this eliminates content piracy risks. Since only a specific number of mobile devices can gain access to documents, publishers can choose to grant permissions only to certain users. This increases security, as there are fewer risks that such files could be viewed by unauthorized parties.

Additionally, people have greater control over the features they allow mobile device users to access. If a publisher decides he or she would like to limit a user's ability to copy or paste content, it can be done easily with PDFs.

These reflect just a few of the safety benefits of DRM on mobile devices. In our next edition, we'll examine how DRM makes it easy for users to view documents on mobile devices.

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