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Adobe PDF files were supposed to be a safe alternative to Microsoft Word documents in a time when Microsoft offered no effective protection against macro viruses and had virtually no security model in Office at all. Times change. Microsoft Word documents rarely spread macro viruses and have not for a long time if you are using versions of Word newer than Office XP.
In a dazzling display of arrogant refusal to learn from history, Adobe has configured their products for inferior security by deliberately choosing not to learn security lessons that Microsoft learned years ago.
This is how Adobe would set the defaults if they listened to their security experts instead of the marketing department.
While you’re at it, it doesn’t hurt to go to the help menu and check for updates too!
Director of Technical Education
Author ESET Research, ESET