Thwart unwanted sharing with automatic watermarking

In my spare time (Ed. note: ha, right!), I like to write screenplays. Last Friday I finished the first draft of my latest one, which is a moment of joy and terror. Joy because it’s finally done. Terror because now I have to show it to people for feedback/judgment.

To share it, I set up a Onehub Workspace and sent out secure links. If I was a big-time Hollywood writer and there were millions of dollars at stake on this script (Ed. note: I’m not,  there aren’t) I could have also enabled extras like password protection and link expirations.

But if I wanted to go that extra privacy mile, I would enable automatic watermarking. Onehub’s watermarking feature is an awesome way to help thwart unwanted sharing of your documents, and it is incredibly easy to set up.

Subscribers to the Onehub Business plan have access to automatic watermarking. When turned on, the following items appear in transparent red lettering on every page of your document:

  • The word “CONFIDENTIAL”
  • The email address of the person accessing the file, or the IP address of the person you have granted guest access to
  • The date the file was accessed

It looks like this:

Sample Document with Watermark

If someone comes in at the Creator, Downloader or Printer permission level, they will receive the watermarked, copy protected PDF. It cannot be edited and the watermark cannot be removed.

Automatic watermarking works with the following file types:

  • PDF
  • Word
  • Powerpoint
  • Excel
  • Pages
  • Keynote
  • Numbers

Watermarking can help dissuade invited parties from unauthorized sharing of content because their email address is now emblazoned across the page. Onehub is a great way to get your material out into the world exactly the way you want. Now if only I could get the dev team to enable a filter that only let’s me see the glowing reviews of my work. (Developer note: Good luck with that)