Mon, Jan 18 2010 22:34
Choosing a different PDF writer
In the mailbox tonight I got this question...
"In the part of the presentation where you are talking about PDF passwords I noticed that you only talk about Adobe products. Would you not even consider using anything but Adobe products for pdf's ? If a third party PDF program had AES encryption would it be equally as safe as doing the encryption through a genuine Adobe product or is there something special about Adobe's products ?"
And yes, that also means I stick with IE as a browser because Firefox doesn't have the same level of sandbox protection. And that same tool that I rely on to patch doesn't patch Chrome which has a better sandbox.
So sometimes you stick with the date who brought you to the dance and don't switch just because the tempo changes.
Do I make the same suggestions for home users? Honestly I don't for one main reason -- Adobe acrobat 9 (the full product) is expensive and more often than not most folks get it via OEM when they bought the machine and never update it to a newer version. Thus for home users I don't have the same recommendation. If you need a PDF writer and can't afford Adobe 9, do investigate an alternative.
But as others have said, it's time to kill off completely IE6.
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