Adobe Flash Player Less Secure Than Once Thought
More and more people realize that Adobe Flash Player isn’t secure like it should be or that users expect it would be. And, a report recently released shows that Adobe Flash Player is far more harmful to their computer and safety than previously thought.
The NTT Group security department, which is Japan’s biggest telecommunication services provider, learned, after going through its historical records, that Adobe Flash Player was 2015’s most affected technology when it comes to exploit kits. During this time, the top 10 vulnerabilities exploit kits took advantage of all belonged to Adobe’s Flash Player.
Until recently, Java held this spot, being the most targeted in 2012, 2013 and, again, in 2014. About two years ago though, Java released an array of security updates that makes it harder for hackers to circumvent its systems. For that reason, hackers have begun exploiting Flash’s vulnerabilities to cause chaos and security breaches.
Symantec’s 2015 report support the findings from NTT. Symantec is a cyber-security provider that found a 125 percent increase in the number of zero days last year. What are zero days? They’re vulnerabilities vendors don’t know about and hackers exploit. Symantec discovered that four of the top five zero days (17 percent of all zero days) went back to Adobe Flash Player.
Does this mean Adobe isn’t trying to fix the problems it has with its Flash Player? They are, and back in April, it released a security advisory letting people know that CVE-2016-1019 had a critical vulnerability that affected users of Adobe Flash Player 126.96.36.199 and earlier. The company encouraged folks to update its software to and any later versions of 188.8.131.52.
Of course, users also have to be vigilant themselves – Adobe can’t do it on its own. People should protect their computers using an anti-virus software program and update their Adobe Flash Player and other software on a regular basis. This will ensure they get the latest security updates and reduce the chance for exploitation.
With the anti-malware program and ad blockers, they keep users from accidentally visiting infected websites that let hackers download ransomware onto their computers, locking them out until they pay a specific amount of money to regain their PC.
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