Embedding Fonts in PDF from LaTeX Source with pdflatex

From the pdfTex documentation,

pdfTEX can work with Type 1 and TrueType fonts (and to some extent also
with OpenType fonts). Font les should be available and embedded for all
fonts used in the document. It is possible to use METAFONT– generated
fonts in pdfTEX but it is strongly recommended not to use these fonts
if an equivalent is available in Type 1 or TrueType format, if only
because bitmap Type 3 fonts render very poorly in (older versions of)
Adobe Reader. Given the free availability of Type 1 versions of all the
Computer Modern fonts, and the ability to use standard PostScript fonts,
there is rarely a need to use bitmap fonts in pdfTEX.

You probably need to either install the Type 1 Computer Modern fonts. Modern tex-live has them. If you have an older TeX distro, there is lmodern:

documentclass{article}
usepackage{lmodern}
begin{document}

Hello, world.

end{document}

Now, if you check the fonts in the resulting document with, e.g., pdffonts:

name                                 type              emb sub uni object ID
------------------------------------ ----------------- --- --- --- ---------
SZVHEC+LMRoman10-Regular             Type 1            yes yes no       4  0

Bingo. Embedded type 1 font.

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