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  1. john50123

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    it secure, or is Adobe free more secure?
     
  2. Phantom010

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    I think Foxit is as secure as any other pdf reader. I find it faster and much lighter than Adobe.
     
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    I would expect that they're about as secure as one another in absolute terms, but there will be more exploits written to attack the Adobe reader because it is so much more common.
     
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    Foxit is an excellent reader. I've tried many but ended up back with it. It's small and fast and in active development, so if any security problems are discovered, they will be quickly fixed. It is about 1/50th the size of Adobe Reader and has far fewer problems judging from posts I see here. Not sure what you mean exactly by "secure", but it is a fact that smaller, simpler programs are almost always more secure than larger, more complex ones.
     
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    The one other security difference worth noting is that Foxit does not (as far as I know) posses the same kind of "sandbox" feature which Adobe added to version 10 (sorry, version X) to prevent malicious PDF files from writing to the registry or file system.
     
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    I wasn't aware of that new feature. Thanks.

    I guess to some extent that shows how much Adobe thinks of their own ability to secure their program. It seems all their products are leaking these days.

    But if that is the case, it is always possible to run Foxit in SandboxIE just as it is almost any other program. Of course, the source of the PDF is the most important thing to keep in mind.

    For those who have Avast as an AV, you can also use that to sandbox any program (The free version has the feature, but it is not "on demand". It pops up when Avast thinks there may be a danger, so it likely would not offer to sandbox Foxit).
     
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    Thanks for the replies so far, so will Foxit read the same files as Adobe?
     
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    Yes, Foxit reads pdf files, like Adobe.
     
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