Softpedia: Google Chrome Zero-Day Lets Hackers Harvest User Data. “A zero-day vulnerability in Google Chrome allows hackers to harvest personal data using nothing else than malicious PDF documents loaded in the browser.”
ZDNet: Adobe sends out second fix for critical Reader data leak vulnerability. “Adobe has released a second patch to resolve a critical zero-day vulnerability in Adobe Reader after its original fix failed. The vulnerability, CVE-2019-7089, was patched in Adobe’s February 12 patch release. Buried among 42 other critical bugs, the security flaw was described as a sensitive data leak problem which can lead to information disclosure when exploited.”
Lifehacker: How Do I Create a Searchable Archive of PDFs?. “In this week’s tech-advice column at Lifehacker—keep your questions coming, folks!—we’re helping out a reader who has way too many important papers that need to make a magical transition to the digital realm. At least, that sounds a lot more exciting than ‘Optical Character Recognition,’ which doesn’t really roll off the tongue.”
PC World: Best PDF editors: Reviewed and rated. Recently updated. “Though it’s nearly 25 years old, the PDF may be more useful than ever in our increasingly multi-device, cross-platform world. Much of the time you can get by with a free PDF reader to review and comment on these files. But inevitably, particularly in a business setting, you’ll need to edit a PDF file and that usually requires upgrading to a premium PDF editor.”
The Register: Hope you’re over that New Year’s hangover – there’s an Adobe PDF app patch to install . “Adobe has issued its first patch of the year, emitting fixes for a pair of high-risk vulnerabilities in Acrobat and Reader. The APSB-02 security bundle is being recommended as a high-priority fix, so install it as soon as you can.”
Make Tech Easier: 7 Free PDF Editors You Can Use on Any PC. “PDFs are one of the most rigid, frustrating document formats in the history of PC software. Everything looks great on a PDF, but the lack of possibilities when it comes to actually editing them are maddening. Of course, that’s kind of the point of a PDF – electronic paper, essentially – but if you want to edit one, then you’ll need to find some dedicated software to do that job for you.”
MakeUseOf: 5 Free PDF Editor Websites to Create, Fill, Annotate or Alter PDF Files. “PDF is the default file format for important documents. Whether it’s a form you need to fill or something you need others to read, these web apps will help you get everything done with a PDF, without ever installing any software. You probably interact with PDFs many times a week, or even every day. Since these files look the same on any device, we still rely on PDFs heavily.” The comments in this article note accurately that if you have a PDF with sensitive information on it, it’s poor security practice to just randomly upload it to a Web site you don’t have thorough knowledge of. But it’s been my experience that there are plenty of PDFs that are not sensitive and just need editing, which is why I’m posting this here.