Here’s a new case study in how NOT to release PDF documents;
Hyper FB Traffic is a Clickbank product released on Monday, 13th September. The product is a how-to for marketers on how to get Facebook Traffic for affiliate sales. The product is made up of PDF documents and videos. The base cost was $79 and contained a number of upsells the buyer is presented with before they can access the course.
While we’re going to reserve judgment on the content quality of the Facebook traffic work, their security definitely is lacking. Here’s why;
Two days after release of the course (Wednesday, 15th September) massive file sharing was going on. With most of the course uploaded to rapidshare and other file sharing sites.
The PDFs contain no security whatsoever (not even a password – which is a really weak protection method anyway.
Here are some of the sites containing the info and how the files spread. You can also see the messages passed among file sharers, telling each other how to get the Hyper FB Traffic course files and course for free, on the file sharing sites;
Mediafire pdf links of HyperFB Traffic Core Manual;
Mediafire pdf links of HyperFB Traffic Action Guide;
See the free users discussing how to access all the additional files in the course;
The above is just a very small sample of how the PDFs have been shared. Expect sharing of those files to go “parabolic” in the days and weeks ahead. All the people who paid for that course just got ripped off – as there was no advantage for them buying it. Thousands now also have access who did not pay a penny.
All it took was two days for massive PDF and file sharing to start. This case study serves as a warning to others, and illustrates why it is so critical to protect your PDFs with EFFECTIVE security (not passwords). If you release PDFs at all for profit, your business depends upon it.