Adobe Flash can be a great tool, and many websites use it as a plugin to improve usability and other functions. However, over the years, Flash hasn’t developed the proper security protocols needed to keep it safe from today’s cybercriminals. At Greater Cincinnati Computer, Ohio's leading source for computer repairs and support, they want you to stay safe while browsing the web, so they offer these compelling reasons to avoid sites built with Flash.
According to a recent study released by Recorded Future, a company that studies cyber attacks, Flash has a host of vulnerabilities that cybercriminals can take advantage of. The study looked at more than 100 exploit kits, which are used by hackers to find weak points in software when users are browsing a particular webpage. Of the top vulnerabilities in the exploit kits, eight of them were specifically directed toward Adobe Flash users.
Flash releases period security updates regularly, as well as emergency patches when it comes to their attention that a particular avenue is being exploited. However, the updates can’t keep up with those who are exploiting the program; as soon as one problem is corrected, another one soon pops up. Recently, Google even went so far as to stop featuring some flash content on webpages, because they posed possible security risks.
Some cyber security professionals are now suggesting it may be prudent to uninstall Adobe Flash Player on your computer to keep your data safe. This might seem like an extreme measure, but until Flash is discontinued and websites stop using it, or its security protocols are drastically improved, this may be the only way to protect your computer against such vulnerabilities.
For more tips on how to keep your computer safe while surfing the web, contact the computer repair experts from Greater Cincinnati Computer at (513) 985-1300. They also specialize in PC and laptop repair, networking, screen repair, and more, so be sure to visit them online to learn more about their services.