Viewing secure PDFs with Confidencial
You’ve received a PDF that’s been protected with Confidencial…now what? This tutorial walks you through what to do.
Let’s say you’re Cosmo Spacely, an employee at Spacely Sprockets. A collaborator of yours at another company, George Jetson at Example Company, has sent you a Confidencial PDF in Slack (but it just as easily could have been Teams, Outlook, Google Drive, or any other way you two exchange files). As you can see below, there are some parts of the document that are encrypted. Let’s walk through how to view those encrypted parts…
For the steps George took to send this PDF, see Sending secure PDFs with Confidencial.
- First, verify your email address with Confidencial if you haven’t done so already. You need to do this so Confidencial can ensure that protected data is made visible to the right people. The first time someone sends a Confidencial document to you, you will receive an invitation email like that below. Simply click the button in the email to create your account.
If you’re part of an organization that is using Confidencial, you will probably not need to verify your email; simply log in to my.confidencial.io with your enterprise credentials using an organization account
- With your email verified, you can now go to my.confidencial.io and log in. If you verified your email address in the previous step, you’ll automatically be taken there and logged in.
In addition to my.confidencial.io, you can also use the Confidencial desktop app to view protected content in Confidencial files
- Click PDF Protector in the sidebar menu
- Click Open PDF File and select the PDF file you downloaded from Slack (or whatever messaging app George used to give you the PDF)
- You can now see the PDF with the protected parts blocked off
- Click View Encrypted Content in the right taskpane
- The protected parts that George has allowed you to see are now visible
Congrats! You now know how to view protected PDFs with Confidencial. To see how George created this PDF, check out Sending secure PDFs with Confidencial.