Answered By: Liane Frydland
Last Updated: 09 Jul, 2024     Views: 23

The British Standards Institution uses Digital Rights Management (DRM) software to protect their PDFs of British Standards. You don't need a password to open the files for British Standards.  If you are being asked for a password to view a British Standard it can be for a couple of reasons:

  1. You do not have the FileOpen Plugin installed on your computer.  This is a free plug-in for Adobe acrobat which you can download via the link below.
  2. You have downloaded the standard to read offline later and are trying to open if from the Windows file manager - which is in turn, attempting to open the PDF file in an Internet Browser Window.   The FileOpen plug-in doesn't work via a web browser.  In order to open the standard you have downloaded, you will need to first open the Adobe Acrobat Reader software, and then open the file from within Adobe Acrobat Reader.  The FileOpen plug-in will then work, and the standard will open without the need for a password.