Adobe Flash Security Flaw

Warning: There’s a major security flaw in Flash and you need to update immediately

April 8th at 10:56 AM

Warning: There’s a major security flaw in Flash and you need to update immediately

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before… dozens of times. A very serious security flaw has been discovered in Adobe Flash and millions of users are impacted. The zero-day vulnerability allows hackers to exploit the flaw and crash a user’s system, or even take control of the system and steal private data.

It’s one of the most serious types of flaws out there and in this case the vulnerability is being actively exploited by hackers. In other words, this isn’t some tiny bug discovered by researchers and handled privately with Adobe behind closed doors. Hackers are using the security hole to attack users as you read this — and now Adobe has released an update to patch the flaw. More →

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Adobe Flash Vulnerability

Here we go again: New Adobe Flash vulnerability lets hackers take over your PC

March 11th at 11:29 AM

Here we go again: New Adobe Flash vulnerability lets hackers take over your PC

Remember that time Adobe confirmed a vulnerability in Flash that was so bad, the only way to protect yourself was to uninstall Flash completely? Well this new security flaw isn’t quite as dire, but it is something that you need to be aware of and act on immediately. The good news is that unlike that last major security hole, Adobe has already patched the problems and made an update available for download. More →

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Adobe Flash RIP

Adobe Flash is finally dead

December 1st at 1:37 PM

Adobe Flash is finally dead

Adobe Flash is dead, long live Adobe Flash. Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs famously penned a public letter about Adobe Flash back in 2010. Jobs wasn’t the first person to dislike Flash. In fact, developers had hated the technology for years because of its volatility and instability. But Jobs made their plight public and the Internet is now a better place because of it. Once in the public eye, Adobe had no choice but to devote time and resources to making Flash a better product, and the Flash experience of 2015 is nowhere near as bad as it was five years ago.

Of course, Flash still has issues with stability and security that make promoting and growing the technology difficult. In fact, a recently discovered vulnerability in Flash was so bad that the only way to fix it was to completely uninstall Flash Player.

And so Adobe has finally decided to kill Flash… sort of. More →

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Google Chrome Auto Block Flash Ads

Google Chrome drives another nail in Flash’s coffin

August 28th at 1:15 PM

Google Chrome drives another nail in Flash’s coffin

Ding, dong, Adobe Flash is almost dead! With execs at major tech companies calling for Adobe to set a firm death date for Flash, Google has taken a more proactive step to push Flash into its grave. Ars Technica informs us that starting on September 1st, Google’s Chrome browser will start auto-blocking any ads that use Flash as their programming language. Videos that use Flash will still work on Chrome, however any “non essential” bits of Flash will be blocked. More →

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Disable Flash Internet Explorer Chrome Safari Firefox

Disable Flash on your browser. Stop hesitating. Do it now.

August 19th at 5:45 PM

Disable Flash on your browser. Stop hesitating. Do it now.

Recently I uninstalled Flash on both my Windows PC and my MacBook and I was amazed at how much it improved my online experience. Now PC World has gone ahead and run some tests to figure out just how much Flash is a drain on browser performance and has discovered disabling Flash can improve your browser’s performance by as much as 80%. More →

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Why Flash Needs To Die

I disabled Flash on my computer and I haven’t enjoyed the web this much in years

July 31st at 9:30 AM

I disabled Flash on my computer and I haven’t enjoyed the web this much in years

For the past several months, I’ve been unable to surf the web on my MacBook Air without having it sound like a rocket ship taking off. While things weren’t quite that bad on my Windows 8.1 desktop PC, I still had to deal with my fair share of slow loading times and Shockwave crashes that would regularly drive me up the wall. However, all this changed when I finally did something that I should have done a long, long time ago: I disabled Adobe Flash on both computers. More →

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Why Adobe Flash Must Die

No, seriously: It’s time for Adobe Flash to die

July 13th at 8:05 PM

No, seriously: It’s time for Adobe Flash to die

Somewhere, Steve Jobs is smiling. Per The Verge, Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos has taken to Twitter to argue that Adobe needs to set a sunset date for its Flash technology that was once a staple of the web but that now finds itself hurtling toward irrelevance thanks to the slow but steady rise of HTML5. More →

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Adobe won’t support Flash in Jelly Bean, installs end on August 15th

June 29th at 12:00 PM

Adobe won’t support Flash in Jelly Bean, installs end on August 15th

Adobe Flash Android

The late Steve Jobs famously predicted the death of Flash more than five years ago, and barred it from the company’s iPhone and iPad. One of the apparent advantages Android always had over iOS was Flash, but this will not be the case come August 15th when fresh installs of Adobe Flash will come to an end. “We will use the configuration settings in the Google Play Store to limit continued access to Flash Player updates to only those devices that have Flash Player already installed,” the company wrote on its website. “Devices that do not have Flash Player already installed are increasingly likely to be incompatible with Flash Player and will no longer be able to install it from the Google Play Store after August 15th.” Adobe also revealed that it hasn’t been developing and testing Flash for Android 4.1, and therefore no “certified implementations” will be offered. The company will instead continue to focus its work on improving Flash for PCs. More →

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As Adobe Flash fades from mobile phones, HTML5 adoption already exploding

December 7th at 1:35 PM

As Adobe Flash fades from mobile phones, HTML5 adoption already exploding

Adobe announced last month that it was finally putting an end to its efforts with Flash Player for mobile devices, deciding to instead focus on native smartphone applications utilizing Adobe AIR. The wide adoption of HTML5 is seen as one of the driving forces behind Adobe’s decision to discontinue Flash development with regard to the mobile space, and new projections from market research and consulting firm Strategy Analytics suggest that the adoption of HTML5-enabled mobile phones is set to skyrocket. Read on from more. More →

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RIM and Hulu in talks for PlayBook access

April 22nd at 8:10 PM

RIM and Hulu in talks for PlayBook access

Research In Motion is working with Hulu in an effort to provide BlackBerry PlayBook users with access to Hulu’s online videos, The Wall Street Journal is reporting. The BlackBerry PlayBook launched with full Adobe Flash support, which meant PlayBook users were able to stream movies and television shows from the online content provider, until Hulu decided to block access earlier this week. “We are in conversations with Hulu to bring Hulu Plus subscription service to BlackBerry PlayBook users,” a spokeswoman for RIM told The Wall STreet Journal. Hulu Plus costs $7.99 per month, however, so it appears that Hulu’s free offering will continue to be blocked for the foreseeable future. More →

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Adobe finds gaping security hole in latest version of Flash Player for PC, Android

April 12th at 1:58 PM

Adobe finds gaping security hole in latest version of Flash Player for PC, Android

Adobe has identified a zero-day exploit in the latest version of Flash Player 10.2 for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. Using the the security hole, an attacker can potentially run malicious code and even take control of an affected system. While the vulnerability and potential damage to a system are significant, common sense will help users avoid the issue in most cases. The malicious code that takes advantage of this exploit is typically delivered as a Flash file embedded in a Microsoft Word document attached to an email. Most users in this day and age know to avoid such files. Adobe is currently working on a fix for the security hole, though the company has not stated when the fix might become available. More →

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