The Many Patches of Adobe Flash

The days of Adobe Flash seem to be coming to a close. A choir to officially put an end to Flash has grown louder in recent months. The go to media player has suffered from a steady stream of vulnerabilities making the plug-in unsafe and leaving users unprotected from hackers. It turns out Adobe Flash has been a hackers playground for years. Considered a favorite among hackers because it runs through browsers instead of an operating system. Those with malicious intent are exploiting these flaws and putting Adobe Flash users at risk.

So what is Adobe doing to fix this latest concern? They recently released an emergency patch to close the vulnerability. The problem is hackers have already actively taken advantage of the issue. This most recent flaw has allowed hackers to exploit ransomware. It’s basically a term used to describe when a hacker steals your data and holds it for ransom. What’s also disturbing is that this vulnerability doesn’t just affect recent versions. The flaw affects Adobe Flash Player 21.0.0.197 and its earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Chrome OS. This is not the first time Adobe has had to make emergency fixes to its player. This is the reason many have publicly called for Adobe to pull the plug entirely. Whether Adobe complies is still up in the air.

In the mean time there are a couple of options available to make sure your computers are safe. You could completely uninstall Flash from your system. Understandably, this option is not always feasible. Instead you can make sure to go to the Adobe website to download the latest patches. It is also worth repeating that you should always back-up your data and run antivirus software. If you use an IT company to handle your technology needs make sure to ask them how they’re protecting you. A good IT company will keep you updated and make sure that your systems are protected. The last thing anyone wants to deal with is stolen data and a ransom note.

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