Using Adobe Acrobat Pro to Bulk Add a Password to my PDFs

As I have been “Going Paperless” I have decided that I want to keep some of my scanned files under password protection. The problem is that I have been generating PDFs so fast with my new ScanSnap S1500. Traditionally with the Adobe Acrobat Standard (which is what comes with the ScanSnap S1500), the files have to be password protected one at a time. Yikes! That is a real pain when I am generating files at about 15 a minute! I would have to go in and individually add passwords to each file. This would be real time consuming. Luckily, I have Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional which allows for the batch processing of files. All I have to do is put all of the files that I want to password protect into a folder that I want to maintain. Then, I can run the batch processing from Adobe Acrobat  and it will password protect all of the files that are in that folder. Pretty Cool! (Some initial set-up required; however, it is fairly straightforward)

Batch Processing

Organizing My Paper

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 Two-Sided Document Scanner

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 Instant PDF Sheet-Fed Scanner for PC

I have lots of paper clogging up the house. For some reason, I feel the need to hold onto this paper greatly. The honest truth is that I do not trust receiving bills in my e-mail. It seems like too much work because there is an element of having to track down bills in my e-mail. What if it goes to spam? I just don’t like it. So I have always had my bills delivered to the house. That way I have a paper record.

The problem with this, of course, is now there is a bunch of paper to maintain. There is a bunch of filing. The kicker is that I usually never have to go back and look at any of it.

When I saw the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500, I was very excited. This just might be the tool that will allow me to quickly make all of my paper into a digital pdf format. My one concern was ensuring that the pdfs that I make are in fact going to be backed up somewhere. I would hate to put all the work in to scanning documents only to lose it digitally when a hard drive crashes.

So, I have coupled my scanning efforts with the backup experts at Carbonite. So, any scan I make is also backed up into the backup cloud of Carbonite. This has the added beniefit of allowing me to access anything I scan from anywhere in the world. Neat!

To get the latest price from Amazon on the scanner, here is the link to

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 Instant PDF Sheet-Fed Scanner for PC

–Along the 5S way