Canadian Tax Filing Tips With Able2Extract Pro 12

Canadian Tax Filling Tips

If you’re a Canadian, then you know that the deadline for filing your 2017 tax return is looming. You have until Monday, April 30, 2018, to submit your return to the CRA and avoid paying penalties and interest. If you’re self-employed, the deadline isn’t so tight–you have until June 15 to file your return.

Now many of us find the task in question daunting and fight the anxiety in the worst possible way: by procrastinating. As the deadline approaches, the nation-wide scramble begins to get acquainted with the new tax rules for 2018, check the eligibility requirements for claiming credits and deductions, collect all necessary documents, make accurate calculations, fill in forms, etc.

Of course, there’s always the possibility of hiring an accountant to do your taxes. But the truth is, no one in the world cares more about your money than yourself. So, if you want to really understand the tax system, learn something new, and save money in the process, it’s best to do your own taxes.

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PDF Security Alert: Adobe Releases Updates

It’s going to be a busy week for users and IT administrators this week. Adobe is releasing a few updates today, and it means making sure that everything is up to par and updated properly. Or if not, at least making sure that you have a good arsenal of Adobe alternatives on hand in the meantime.

According to the security bulletin, Adobe is releasing both Adobe Reader and Acrobat updates which include patches for both Reader and Acrobat on Windows and Macintosh platforms for the following versions:

  • Adobe Reader 9.5.1 and earlier 9.x versions
  • Adobe Reader X (10.1.3) and earlier 10.x versions
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.5.1 and earlier 9.x versions
  • Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.3) and earlier 10.x versions

Adobe has rated the vulnerabilities as  Critical with  Priority 1 and 2 ratings,  which means that these flaws can allow an attacker to take over your system  via infected PDF files and should be addressed immediately or within the next couple of days.

To give you an idea of what you’re up against and how harmful an infected PDF file can be, checkout the video below.  Naked Security from Sophos put together an informative post and video.  Their article, How PDFs can infect your computer via Adobe Reader vulnerabilities [VIDEO], explains how attackers can exploit those weaknesses to gain control over your computer system.

If you or your organization uses either program, make sure you check out the bulletin link above to get the latest security fixes.  Note that Adobe discontinued their quarterly update cycle to better address security requirements as needed.  However, they have and will continue to release updates to fall in line with “Microsoft Patch Tuesday” (second Tuesday of each month).  So be sure to check in regularly for the latest PDF security news.

Adobe Begins The Year With Software Updates

If you’re just getting back into the routine after the holidays, you may want to start off by updating your Adobe software.   In PDF news this week, Adobe has released its quarterly updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat for six serious flaws.

Of the six flaws, two are the vulnerabilities that were promised update patches in December when emergency fixes for Acrobat and Reader X (10.1.1) and for Unix and Mac OSX were delayed. The other security bugs being patched this month can make the application crash and allow a malicious user to take over your system.

In addition, alongside these new updates come a couple of new feature updates, too. One includes new admin options allowing users to Lockdown JavaScript execution and add trusted locations. Also, according to Jason Lemkin from the Acrobat Blog, Adobe Reader will be getting more integration with e-signatures via Adobe EchoSign.

For more details, be sure to visit Adobe’s Security Bulletin  to download the updates or use the Adobe Update Manager itself.

Adobe’s next scheduled update is in April, so be prepared for that time in between and ensure that you have another PDF Reader on hand.


Flash Player Bug Gets Patched–Adobe Confirms Reader & Acrobat Are Vulnerable

Adobe was busy during the weekend as it rushed to fix a vulnerability found in the latest version of its ubiquitous Flash Player.

The bug, originally reported by Google, was a cross-site scripting vulnerability being exploited to steal account information from Gmail users.

According to Adobe’s Security bulletin, “this vulnerability is being exploited in the wild in active targeted attacks designed to trick the user into clicking on a malicious link delivered in an email message.” Attackers could, through an unpatched Flash Player, “take actions on a  user’s behalf on any website or webmail providder, if the user visits a malicious website.”

Luckily, Adobe issued a patch for the bug on all major platforms on Sunday.

However, that’s not all.


While patches for the Flash Player have been released, Adobe mentioned that it wasn’t yet  sure if Adobe Reader and Acrobat were affected as well. Both applications contain an “authplay.dll” component which renders the Flash content within PDF files.

Adobe last reported that it was investigating on whether or not it contained the same flaw.

Unfortunately, Adobe just made an update on the company’s security advisory confirming that the “issue also affects the authplay.dll component that ships with Adobe Reader and Acrobat X (10.0.3) and earlier 10.x and 9.x versions of Adobe Reader and Acrobat for Windows and Macintosh operating systems.”

While there are still no reports of Adobe Reader and Acrobat being targeted for attacks, you may want to exercise caution when opening PDF files on your computer. Adobe will have a patch for both applications, but it will be included with the next update scheduled for June 14, 2011.

Flash Player updates for Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris, and Android can be downloaded from Adobe’s official Security bulletin.