To help consumers stay up-to-date -- and have a better chance of fending off attacks -- Adobe yesterday launched a beta test of a background update tool . The Adobe Reader/Acrobat Updater was silently installed on users' machines last October, but was switched on only for a small number of testers Tuesday. If the beta is successful, Adobe will enable the behind-the-scenes tool for all on April 13, the next scheduled security update for Reader and Acrobat.
Adobe Reader can be downloaded for Windows, Mac and Linux from Adobe's Web site; Acrobat for Windows and Mac can be downloaded using the links included in Tuesday's advisory . Alternately, users can use the programs' built-in update mechanism to grab the new versions.
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