Adobe Flash Player has developed quite the stigma in 2016. The once popular service is now shunned from every direction due to the critical vulnerabilities it provides in its security. It has been agreed upon that using Flash can cause your setup to suffer dangerous exterior attacks. Additionally, 2016 was a year in which a lot of institutes and organizations were hit multiple times by attackers through backdoors found within Flash, which in turn was found on various software that the aforementioned victims had been using.
Since late 2016 everyone has started moving away from Flash, and Google even removed it as the default option for its Chrome browser. Chrome is considered the top browsing solution so having such an important software reject Flash really set off some alarms.
By exploiting a vulnerability referred to as CVE-2015-3113, hackers were able to gain entry to sensitive information that will compromise the entire security system. This has been since patched by Adobe but the fact remains that Flash is based on 20 year old technology that fails to remain relevant or secure today no matter how many updates you throw on top of it.
If you still intend on using Flash however (which for the moment you still will, since the top websites still haven’t made the transition to HTML5), it is highly advised that you keep it updated. You can visit Flash download page on the Adobe website and hit the big button that tells you to update Flash.
Once the setup wizard is downloaded, open it and follow the simple instructions provided onscreen. The entire process should take less than two minutes but it will make a huge difference because it will provide an extra layer of security against threats. Vulnerable as it is, there’s no point in allowing Flash to become even more a threat for its own users.
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