About Passwords and Encryption

About Passwords and Encryption

Beginning with AutoCAD 2016-based products, the ability to add passwords to AutoCAD
files has been removed because this feature does not meet contemporary security standards.
You will continue to be able to open password-protected files, but not add any new

Current security requirements are increasing due to the nature and sophistication
of the threats encountered in online. It is recommended that you consider one of the
following alternatives to protect drawing files that contain sensitive information:

  • Output the drawing as a PDF file, and add a password to the PDF
  • Package the drawing in a ZIP file, and add a password with a secure external utility
  • Use a third-party password and encryption utility with, for example, 256-bit AES
    technology or equivalent
  • Protect the drawing behind network permissions
  • Protect the drawing behind Autodesk 360 or other cloud provider permissions

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