A bug was found recently in version 9 of the Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat software that would allow an attacker to take over your computer or steal data. Any time you open an infected PDF from your computer, on the internet, or sent to you via email you could be at risk. For all versions of Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader, keep yourself safe by updating your software and following these steps:
- Download and install the latest security updates from the Adobe Product Updates page.
- You can also check for updates from within Acrobat by going to Help, Check for Updates.
- From within Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat, click on Edit/Preferences. On the left go to the Trust Manager tab, then uncheck the box ‘Allow opening of non-PDF attachments with external applications.’
Close the program.
As always, you should also have a good anti-virus running on your system. We recommend Trend or Microsoft Security Essentials.