It has been reported
recently that PDF reader malware maybe inserted, without exploiting security
PDF readers such as the popular Adobe Reader and Foxit PDF reader are able to
allow users to view documents in an advanced format. This is quite
However it has been possible for 'PDF malware' to be present
sometimes via links stemming from the PDF file being read.
Users have needed to be vigilant in this regard by treating the content of their
PDF reader files with caution.
This continues to be the case. Users need to treat any PDF file being used
in a reader as if it were a 'live' file, such as a web page from the
Some tips to minimize risk of PDF Reader
- Consider the source of the PDF file. Is it trustworthy? Do the
links look trustworthy.
- Use Security Software that
can help prevent PDF malware by detecting malware and identifying 'bad'
- Set your PDF reader to confirm opening external links (where possible with
PDF reader malware can take the form of any malware, such a virus, spyware etc,
and should be teated as serious as malware in general.
Commonsense once again is your best ally in combating PDF reader malware from
infecting your system.