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.
Hackers really like PDF files. Out of all the types of files that can be turned into cyberweapons, PDF files top the most-used list, according to security researchers at Barracuda Networks. The researchers found that 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 simple 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
One way to prevent PDF-based cyberattacks is to uninstall or disable PDF software and tools, but this is often impractical. Fortunately, there are other measures you can take to protect your business:
We can offer additional recommendations if your employees regularly work with PDF files, especially if the files are from unknown third parties.