PDF Files Automatically Locked When Password Never Set


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I have been working on and editing PDF files using Preview. I save my work as normal without encrypting the file. When I go back to open the files, it says the file is encrypted and need a password. I never set a password. The original file owner also never set a password or encrypted the files.
I tried opening the files using Acrobat, but it also asks for a password.
Why did this happen? How can I stop this from happening again?
 
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Cory Cooper

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Hello and welcome.
  • Which version of OS X/macOS?
  • How/what are you editing in the PDF files?
  • Where are they stored?
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Hello and thank you for your reply.

[*]Which version of OS X/macOS?
I am using Monterey 12

[*]How/what are you editing in the PDF files?
I was editing the files online, also using Preview.

[*]Where are they stored?
The files are stored on my Mac hard drive and an external hard drive.

It doesn’t seem to be doing it now, I have started to edit them in Acrobat.

If you can shed some light on why this happened and how I can stop it from happening again would be great.

Thank you
 
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*]How/what are you editing in the PDF files?
The files are forms that have blank spaces to be filled in
 

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