Tom Olzak

PDF Security Problems? Use Google Docs

In Cybercrime on April 7, 2010 at 12:27

According to F-Secure’s Mikko Hypponen, the best way to avoid PDF vulnerabilities is to use Google Docs to read them.  Just stop using on-the-desktop tools.  Consider the gPDF browser plug-in for quick views.

Analyst’s View: PDF—Pretty Dangerous Format? | Neil J. Rubenking | PCMag.com.

While this may work, I don’t think users–and most enterprises–will listen.  A better approach is to provide better software, both for reading PDFs and for protecting systems from PDF threats.  And we just have to keep telling users about how dangerous PDFs are… and Word documents… and Excel spreadsheets… and JPEG files…

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