“Word has emerged about a ‘ransomware’ exploit involving Adobe Flash. Adobe has responded with an update,” Peter Cohen blogs. “The ransomware exploit is, for now, limited to users of Windows, but the update has been made to all supported platforms, so it’s an update to essential Flash code, not just something Windows-ish.”
“This illustrates that you need to be very careful about what you keep on your computer, and that you may want to periodically rethink the software you have installed,” Cohen writes. “To that end, if you absolutely need Adobe Flash to access content on the web that you need, at least make sure you’ve updated to the most recent version. Following another heinous Flash problem last March, I posted details about to update Flash safely on your Mac.”
“Those some rules apply today if you need to update. But if you don’t need Flash, you’ll be better off without it all together,” Cohen writes. “It’s a gaping security problem, can cause performance and battery drain issues and is increasingly irrelevant to the web as more developers use HTML5 and other media-rich non-proprietary tech.”
“So why not remove it all together?” Cohen writes. “If you already have Flash installed on your Mac and you’ve decided that enough is enough, here’s how to get rid of it once and for all.”
Easy instructions in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Flash must die. Let’s all help it along, shall we?
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Adobe’s bloated, insecure Flash must die – July 15, 2015
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