Adobe reader - the most secure pdf reader?

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  1. Hungry Man

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    Barring Chrome's.

    But there are currently no exploits that bypass the reader's sandbox, right? So isn't Adobe's Reader actually the most secure?
     
  2. SweX

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    Maybe. IDK but I use it anyway. The patches keep on coming :D
     
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    Don't know, don't care. In any case, I've got into the habit of viewing the few pdf files that I need to view off-line.
     
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    If you use Sandboxie, just enter your PDF reader under "Forced Programs" and you are good!
     
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    by that definition you can classify any other pdf reader. They are all safe and secure until found otherwise
     
  7. Hungry Man

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    I don't know what other readers track records are/ what measures they've taken to secure themselves.
     
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    I think that a product that bugs about updates as much as it does is either up to something or so bad on design it should't be used.

    So, I don't.

    Just an opinion, I like the idea of reading pdf's off line! Even better put them on a separate device and only connect when you have to.
     
  9. Hungry Man

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    Everyone gets patches. I've come to realize that it really doesn't matter how few or many patches a program gets. Adobe could get a thousand and Foxit could get 1 but there's still enough vulnerabilities in Foxit to be exploited and I only see Adobe protecting the user further than patches.
     
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    This article from Computer World is from last year. Maybe things have changed for the better for Adobe's PDF reader, but my initial reason for ditching it for PDF-XC was predominantly for performance reasons. I'm still pretty happy with PDF-XC (I use Google docs viewer as well).
     
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  12. PaulBB

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    @acr1965

    Yes, Drumlin PDF reader is very ''light'' and very similar to Sumatra PDF. Add to this the security that Drumlin has to offer. Sorry, I don't use Chrome so don't know what to say.

    Here's two screenshots of both ''Javelin PDF Click and Go reader'' and ''Drumlin PDF reader'' :

    http://i.imgur.com/rRsfm.png
    http://i.imgur.com/GAF40.png
     
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    Adobe Reader probably is the most secure PDF Reader from a strictly technical aspect, as it is more scrutinized than the others; its popularity, and its many developers (huge Adobe company behind it) have to always come up with the latest and greatest exploitation techniques created/used by several different hackers/crackers.

    However, my last paragraph obviously ignores security by obfuscation. Also, some other PDF Readers (Sumatra PDF comes to mind) have a considerable smaller exploitable landscape - lacking "important" features (to some people) as a natural consequence.
     
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    I agree with you, Adobe Reader is most likely one of the most secure readers, but not the safest since it is targeted the most.
     
  15. cm1971

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    There are some configuration changes you can make to Adobe Reader to make it more secure than it is out of the box. I have always used Adobe Reader and never had a problem with it.
     
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    i Read my Books on Ubuntu ;)
     
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