Back in May I came across an article in Financial Advisor magazine where the author stated that scanning should be done to TIFF files because they are more secure than PDF files.
I contacted Adobe and set the record straight, outlined in this post on FPPad.com*. There is little difference in the security between the two file formats. Now when I say security, I mean the ability to protect the integrity of the document and prevent unauthorized changes. Addressing security when emailing scanned documents to clients or including password-protection, well, there IS a big difference in the formats.
Let me point out an excellent article recently published by Joel P. Bruckenstein in the July issue of Financial Advisor magazine who took my initial post one step further and details the origins of PDF and TIFF files. Joel dispels the myths surrounding the two formats and stresses the importance of adding document management solutions to enhance document security.
*By the way, if this is your first introduction to my blog at FPPad.com, I encourage you to check it out and read through the archives. There are over 150 posts on a variety of topics including technology, practice management, and social media compliance. FPPad has been my publishing outlet prior to joining advisors4advisors.com.