We are all used to having to be careful opening certain emails, zipped files, WORD, EXCEL and other types of files in case they contain some kind of malware – virus, ransomware, Trojan etc.
But most people feel safe opening PDF documents.
However, scammers are using PDFs more and more as attachments in email or malicious downloads on websites.
Microsoft Malware Protection Center released a list of PDF filenames that are commonly used in malicious emails and websites. Scammers keep making new names of course.
- 5661f.pdf 7927
- 9fbe0.pdf 7065
Q. How can you protect yourself against malicious content?
However, common sense goes a long way in protecting you.
- Do not open an email or download anything that is sent to you by someone you don’t know
- Make sure your email settings are on high protection and your anti-virus and anti-malware programmes are working
- If there’s a file on email you really want to open but aren’t sure then save it and then scan it (usually you right mouse click and select scan – depending on which anti-malware solutions you use)
Of course, you should run regular scans of your computer to ensure no malware has been installed.
- Start Acrobat or ADOBE
- Select EDIT then PREFERENCES
- Save and exit
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