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Can I prevent my materials from being saved or printed?

If you upload something to CommSy and make it available to others, the members of the room can download it. You may be able to protect your files in the program with which the document was created (see below). Even so, if another user screenshots the pages of the document, s/he will be able to save an image of your file.

Download: You may be able to apply storage protection to your file outside of CommSy. Please have a look at the options available in the program with which you created your file.

Print: To prevent others from printing your document, you need to apply protection to the document yourself. If and how this is possible depends on your program. To protect a PDF, you can do the following:

Open the document in Adobe Acrobat. In the menu bar, click “Files” > “Tools.” A new window will open. Open the “Protection” tab. Now, select “Encrypt” and choose an encryption method, for example: “Encrypt with password.” Navigate to the “Password Security Settings” and specify a password. Check the box labeled “Restrict editing and printing of the document. A password will be required in order to change these permission settings.” Enter a password and ensure that you have selected “None” from the dropdown menu “Printing allowed.” Click OK. Save the file. When you upload the file to CommSy, other users will not be able to print it without knowing the password.