Saturday, July 25, 2009

PDFs Now Face More Security Threats than Microsoft Windows

By one measure, 48% of all computer attacks (viruses, worms and the like) are now targeted at PDF documents. I don't think many consumers are aware yet of the threats associated with PDF files.

However, I'm willing to bet that in the future, we will see more and more people and IT departments being wary of PDF files. In particular, files that contain scripts or other security features may be banned completely at some companies and be shunned consumers in general.

If you're relying on a PDF security solution that involves tracking opens, forwards, prints, etc., this could be a serious problem. To a virus scanner or IT department email filter, it may be impossible to tell legitimate tracking technology from the malicious scripts that might be embedded in a document. You may find that your documents get caught by filters or go unread as a result.

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