Just recently, Adobe released a security patch for their Flash Player to address an issue that might allow an attacker to control an affected system. This isn’t the first time the company has released security updates of this serious a nature. In March of this year, a similar update was released while another emergency update was released in April to address ransomware attacks that affected Flash-based advertisements.
Given that our society relies on the internet more and more for everyday life activities, it begs to wonder: should we still enable Adobe Flash on our browsers? It’s a good question to ask given that HTML 5 is being widely adopted for delivering content on the web.
The clear answer to the question posted in the title is No. We have seen time and again the number of times Flash has been exploited. If this question was posed in the past, the answer would have been split as HTML 5 wasn’t as good as it is now.
Yes, even YouTube and Netflix were so reliant on Flash in the past that thinking of not enabling it on a browser was preposterous. But HTML 5 has improved leaps and bounds and more browsers have accepted it as a standard. So what is Flash still doing here, right?
Well, there are still those who rely on Flash to deliver content on the web. But if you don’t need Flash in your daily viewings on the web, you can surely do something about it. One, you can totally uninstall the program from your system or you could just disable it.
There’s a good case for disabling Flash: it makes your system run faster and it saves battery life. Then again, browsers like Google Chrome use a method called sandboxing which helps minimize security risks.
All this said, the final decision is still yours. You have to assess whether you truly need Flash Player or not. If you do decide to keep it enabled, here are some tips to make sure you are always safe. And yes, keep them updated until Adobe says goodbye to this product.
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