2 Simple Ways To Redact Your PDFs Properly

Peter Steven Ho
7 min readSep 7, 2022

Stop redacting your PDF document with black rectangles and find out how to do it properly.

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Since the pandemic, many businesses and governments have opted to move their dealings online in preference to face-to-face interaction. As a consequence, application forms and personal documents must now be emailed or uploaded to a server for processing.

The shift online gives us little choice but to accept their assurances that they will keep our personal information safe. While most organisations are actively trying to do the right thing, none are immune from a growing barrage of cyber attacks that may at some stage result in an unwanted data breach.

At the other extreme, there are businesses that make it a habit of harvesting our information and sharing it with an unspecified list of affiliates (a list that is never properly disclosed).

My advice is to think carefully about the information you provide. For stance, when there is a requirement to provide Proof of income, do not simply upload in verbatim your pay slips or bank statements. Ascertain what they want specifically and act accordingly.

It’s vitally important that you redact any information that’s private or extraneous to the transaction. Just remember, it’s just about impossible to retract or delete anything that you…



Peter Steven Ho

BSc (Hons), LLB. Freelance writer in Technology, Science and Travel. Come join me on a journey of discovery.