Metadata Schmetadata

So, you may have heard about metadata and wondered what the fuss is about. Well, it’s certainly useful stuff. If you use Bridge or a search engine, you can benefit from it. However, that’s not the topic of this post. This post is about the exact opposite–getting *rid* if metadata (and why you may want to) Read on. . .

First off, let me restate that I really do LIKE metadata. If you use it (such as keywords, titles, and the like) you can more quickly organize and locate files you care about. However, I was a presentation a few weeks ago, and I was challenged on the issue. The person I spoke to had a good point. He was talking about PDF files and the fact that a PDF may give away some secrets if the metadata on board contains something of a private nature, like a person’s name who would otherwise prefer to be left anonymous. His concern was with the PDF makers in Word that automatically add metadata to a PDF from the Word file when you convert to PDF. So, I decided to make a little recording for you. Follow this link to that recording and enjoy!

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