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Adobe Reader's security woes a boon for up-and-coming rival Foxit
Speed, security have lifted Foxit Reader's user base to 70 million

By Computerworld Staff , Computerworld , 08/07/2009 

Foxit Reader, a free PDF-reading knockoff of Adobe Systems Inc.'s free Adobe Reader, has won what its maker estimates is 70 million users worldwide because of its speed and light weight.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/080709-adobe-readers-security-woes-a.html?page=1

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Re: Adobe Reader's security woes a boon for up-and-coming rival Foxit
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2009, 01:29:54 PM »
I hate Adobe Reader just because it's a slow fat f**k and doesn't work any better than Foxit.
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Re: Adobe Reader's security woes a boon for up-and-coming rival Foxit
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2009, 01:33:23 PM »
Hi RejZoR,

And that is not the main reason, half of the time you are updating or patching because it is insecure, and the software is being attacked online by exploits all of the time,

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Re: Adobe Reader's security woes a boon for up-and-coming rival Foxit
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2009, 01:47:46 PM »
Not surprising.  I'm tired of updating Acrobat Reader in my office.  It's just too heavy in terms of both resource and maintenance.  Now I'm even wondering if I should replace it with Foxit Reader secretly.  Taking of other possible alternatives, personally, I use PDF-XChange ViewerSumatra PDF seems to be O.K., too.  I could find Foxit Reader 3.x and PDF-XChange Viewer 2.x in Secunia advisory, though.

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Re: Adobe Reader's security woes a boon for up-and-coming rival Foxit
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2009, 04:28:23 PM »
Now I'm even wondering if I should replace it with Foxit Reader secretly.

:lol: I secretly keep an updated copy of Adobe Reader just in case I ever run across an important government form which doesn't work correctly in Foxit Reader.  Adobe Reader also has some minor features I like that Foxit Reader doesn't, but I don't seem to bother loading Adobe Reader just to use them.

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Re: Adobe Reader's security woes a boon for up-and-coming rival Foxit
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2009, 11:44:38 PM »
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Try this pdf reader which has most Adobe Reader features.
CoolpdfReader is also a much smaller program and loads pdf files much quicker.

http://www.pdf2exe.com/reader.html


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Re: Adobe Reader's security woes a boon for up-and-coming rival Foxit
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2009, 08:25:53 AM »
I am using Adobe Reader, Keep patching as they release thier updates.
One day i may well  change to another program maybe, as i do like using Adobe though.

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« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2009, 09:50:12 AM »
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Now I'm even wondering if I should replace it with Foxit Reader secretly.

Make sure your company's policy allows this, as people have lost thier jobs over this sort of thing before.

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Re: Adobe Reader's security woes a boon for up-and-coming rival Foxit
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2009, 03:57:50 PM »
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Now I'm even wondering if I should replace it with Foxit Reader secretly.

Make sure your company's policy allows this, as people have lost thier jobs over this sort of thing before.

--lee
Thank you for your concern but Alan Baxter took the nuance right:  I was kidding.  In reality, I don't think I can change any existing application except updating them, which is why I rely on portable apps and cloud applications accessible through the net.  :P