The bank sends me monthly credit card statements as password-protected PDF files mostly because they contain personal information. I archive these PDFs into Google Drive but, because these files are protected with a password, the text isn't searchable inside Drive. Also, each PDF file has a different password so it's impossible to remember them and takes just too much to find these PDFs later.
Removing Password from a PDF File
Since the Google Drive is already protected with 2 layers of security – password and 2-factor authentication – it should be OK if we remove the password protection from PDF files before uploading them to Drive.
Is there any software program available that can remove password protection from PDF files? One that doesn't cost a dime and works on both Mac and Windows? Well the answer is yes and that too is already installed on your computer. It's called Google Chrome.
Google Chrome has a built-in PDF reader* and a PDF writer and we can combine the two features to remove the password from any PDF document. Let's see how:
- Drag any password protected PDF file into your Google Chrome browser. If you can't find one, use ...read more