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The case for disabling Adobe Flash

By LESLIE MEREDITH Standard-Examiner July 16, 2015
JumpinJackFlashAdobe Flash has come under fire yet again with the discovery of three new security holes that — if left unpatched — pose a big risk to your computer.

In response, Mozilla earlier this week blocked Flash by default in its Firefox browser, one day after Facebook’s security chief called for Adobe to kill Flash once and for all. Security firms such as Trend Micro recommended disabling Flash.

The security holes were zero-day exploits, meaning they were flaws that were targeted by hackers before they were discovered by security experts. Already, several malicious campaigns have been identified that took advantage of the Flash flaws. “This is one of the fastest documented cases of an immediate weaponization in the wild,” Jérôme Segura, senior security researcher at Malwarebytes, wrote on the company blog.

The threats included infected online ads that delivered ransomware (a type of malware that locks up your computer until you pay a specified ransom) and a rash of emails with the subject line “Important Flash Update” that contained malware that could steal sensitive data from both Windows and Mac computers. Adobe has released patches for Flash, which you should install immediately.   . . . .  You can uninstall Adobe Flash, which is a complicated process detailed here: https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-windows.html.

The next best step is to disable Flash in your browser.  (Details included in full article.)

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