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Oct 20 2009   12:12AM GMT

Acrobat Reader Users Should Switch to Foxit Reader, Shrink Their Attack Surface

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

I’m not going to rant, I promise–I don’t have to because this doesn’t affect me. Several years ago, I abandoned the bloated, insecure and extremely resource-intensive Acrobat Reader in favor of the smaller and more secure Foxit Reader. Once again, here is more evidence that I’m right to have switched.  Brian Krebs of The Washington Post wrote:

Adobe Plugs 29 Critical Reader, Acrobat Holes

Adobe Systems Inc. on Tuesday issued a new version of both Adobe Acrobat and its free Adobe PDF Reader to fix at least 29 separate security vulnerabilities in these products.

If you have either (or both) of these programs installed, take a moment to update them. Adobe warns that hackers already are exploiting at least one of the flaws to break into vulnerable systems.

No! Don’t update. Shrink your attack surface and switch to Foxit Reader and their other PDF software. Not only are Foxit Software’s products more secure, they’re also cheaper.

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  • VictormIT33
    I agree with you. For example I find an estadistic in F-secure, where pointed that Adobe Acrobat Reader was a target attack in 48.8% in ths 2009. MS Word was 39.2% and MS Excel 39.2% But Acrobat reader, have a majority presence and the users not accept easily changes in unfamiliar products. I will probe foxit. Thanks!
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