PDF files are the No. 1 type of file used in cyberattacks. Find out why hackers like to use them and how to protect your business.
Of all files that can be turned into cyberweapons, PDF files top the most-used list. According to security researchers at Barracuda Networks, nearly 41 million PDF files were involved in cyberattacks in just a three-month period.
Given that PDF files are commonly used in the business world, it is important to protect your company against malicious ones. To do so, though you first need to know how hackers can turn these seemingly inoffensive files into cyberweapons.
How PDF Files Can Go from Helpful to Harmful
Hackers also like to exploit security vulnerabilities in the software used to open and display PDF files, such as Adobe’s Acrobat Reader and Acrobat programs. By take advantage of the security vulnerabilities, cybercriminals can gain access to devices.
How to Protect Your Business
Outside of uninstalling or disabling PDF software, which would be impractical in today’s business environment, there are other measures you can take to protect your business. They boil down to two elemental messages: Employee Education and Maintained Updates and Patches: