Adobe Flash Windows Zero-Day Fix

Act surprised: There’s a new zero-day Flash exploit you need to fix right now

By on May 11, 2016 at 7:10 PM.

Act surprised: There’s a new zero-day Flash exploit you need to fix right now

Flash zero-day vulnerabilities are a dime a dozen these days, so you won’t be surprised to learn there’s another one  in the wild. Microsoft and Adobe have independently found two distinct zero-day vulnerabilities for Internet Explorer and Flash, respectively, which means it’s time to update Windows and Flash. Apparently, exploits exist for both that allow for remote code execution. More →

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Adobe Flash Security Flaw

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

By on April 8, 2016 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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Flash Security Update Christmas

Update Flash right now, or just get rid of it: Christmas hack edition

By on December 29, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Update Flash right now, or just get rid of it: Christmas hack edition

One of the things Christmas brought us is a new Flash exploit that could let attackers take control of an affected system. That’s not necessarily a surprise, considering that Flash bugs are often discovered. Not to mention that some hackers choose Christmas and the holidays to attack computer users who might be busy with plenty of other things that are more important than guarding the security of their computers.

Adobe has acknowledged the issue in a security announcement, and you should definitely update Flash to the latest version. Or just remove it from your computer.
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Adobe Flash RIP

Adobe Flash is finally dead

By on December 1, 2015 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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Adobe Photoshop Elements Premiere Elements 14 Sale

Adobe Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 14: Half off on Amazon for one day only

By on November 10, 2015 at 12:15 PM.

Adobe Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 14: Half off on Amazon for one day only

If you want to edit photos on any Windows PC or Mac, there’s only one software company whose products you should concern yourself with. Adobe has been the top name in photos editing for years now, and the brand is synonymous with quality. While Adobe software can often be very pricey, Amazon is hosting a one-day-only sale on Adobe Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 14 that will have you nearly 50% off the software’s list price. More →

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Adobe Flash Player For Mac

Apple just banned some versions of Adobe Flash from its computers

By on October 21, 2015 at 12:01 PM.

Apple just banned some versions of Adobe Flash from its computers

With his “Thoughts on Flash” letter back in early 2010, late Apple CEO Steve Jobs waged a war on Adobe that the media couldn’t get enough of. Beyond the hype, however, Adobe’s Flash platform really had become a resource hog that was a terrible burden on developers, and that wreaked havoc on PC performance. Thanks to the war Jobs waged, two things have happened in recent years: Flash has become far less popular as better technologies moved in to replace it, and the Flash platform has improved.

Improved though it may be, Flash still has some serious issues. We got a painful reminder of that last week when Adobe confirmed a very serious security flaw that was actively being used in attacks. Now, the story enters a new chapter as Apple just moved to block some versions of Adobe’s Flash software from its computers. More →

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Adobe Flash Player Security Vulnerability

Adobe releases patch for major Flash vulnerability – here’s how to download it

By on October 16, 2015 at 12:26 PM.

Adobe releases patch for major Flash vulnerability – here’s how to download it

Just over 24 hours ago, a major security vulnerability affecting all versions of Flash for Windows, Mac and Linux was discovered and reported to Adobe. Hopefully you’ve already uninstalled Flash Player, but whether or not you got around to scrubbing Flash from your computer, we’re pleased to report that Adobe has released a patch for the vulnerability. More →

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Adobe Flash Player

Adobe confirms major Flash vulnerability, and the only way to protect yourself is to uninstall Flash

By on October 15, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

Adobe confirms major Flash vulnerability, and the only way to protect yourself is to uninstall Flash

The fun never ends with Adobe Flash.

Just one day after Adobe released its monthly security patches for various software including Flash Player, the company confirmed a major security vulnerability that affects all versions of Flash for Windows, Mac and Linux computers. You read that correctly… all versions. Adobe said it has been made aware that this vulnerability is being used by hackers to attack users, though it says the attacks are limited and targeted. Using the exploit, an attacker can crash a target PC or even take complete control of the computer.

And now for the fun part: The only way to effectively protect yourself against this serious security hole is to completely uninstall Flash Player from your machine. More →

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Apple Disables Outdated Flash Player

Here’s how Apple is protecting you from outdated versions of Flash Player

By on July 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

Here’s how Apple is protecting you from outdated versions of Flash Player

As if Apple hadn’t made a strong enough case against Flash already, Adobe announced this week that a security vulnerability had been discovered in the most recent version of Flash Player. Adobe quickly addressed the issue, but Apple took safety measures a step further by adding any version of Adobe Flash Player version below 14.0.0.145 (and 13.0.0.231 on older machines) to its plugin blacklist. More →

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Adobe Flash Critical Security Update

Update Adobe Flash on your system right now

By on July 9, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Update Adobe Flash on your system right now

Adobe on Tuesday issued a critical security update to patch a vulnerability that could help hackers “take control” of computers after users visit various sites, CNET reports. Security blogger Michele Spagnuolo, who detailed the security exploit, says the Flash issue can be used by hackers to steal cookies that authenticate users on “thousands of websites.” More →

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Apple Google No-Poaching Settlement

Apple and Google will settle no-poaching conspiracy lawsuit

By on April 24, 2014 at 5:15 PM.

Apple and Google will settle no-poaching conspiracy lawsuit

It’s been years since Apple, Google and a host of other technology firms were accused of colluding in order to avoid competition while keeping salaries down by not poaching each other’s employees. The case has gone dark on more than one occasion, but Reuters reports that four of the companies involved in the scandal have finally agreed to settle the lawsuit. A trial concerning the case was scheduled to begin in a few short weeks. More →

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Remember how great Adobe Flash used to be? Meet the guys who invented it in 1993

By on July 17, 2012 at 10:50 AM.

Remember how great Adobe Flash used to be? Meet the guys who invented it in 1993

Adobe Flash History

Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was going “thermonuclear war” on Adobe’s Flash platform long before he set his sights on Android. In fact, he even penned a lengthy public letter about how awful Flash was for mobile devices. In this case Jobs won, and Adobe announced late last year that it would cease development on Flash for mobile devices. On top of that, newer online video technologies are currently in the process of muscling the aging technology off the Web. Though there is certainly a stigma attached to Flash, this wasn’t always the case, and event registration platform maker Attendly on Tuesday published a quick retrospective piece on Adobe’s Flash platform on its blog. From a simple illustration program created by Jonathan Gay and Robert Tatsumi for stylus-driven tablets called SmartSketch, to the Macromedia acquisition in 1996, and on to 2005 when the torch was passed to Adobe, it’s a nice quick look at Flash that will bring a tear to nostalgic techies’ eyes. More →

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