Scam of the day – July 27, 2017 – Adobe Flash to finally be retired

One of my mottoes is that the universe is always on schedule, however sometimes the universe (or we who occupy it) definitely appears to be taking its time.  I have been writing  for years about flaws in Adobe Flash that have been exploited by hackers and identity thieves against individuals, companies and government agencies including the U.S. State Department and the White House.  Problems with Adobe Flash are nothing new.  In 2010 Steve Jobs vociferously complained about its security and it has routinely been cited as being extremely vulnerable.  Despite security patch after security patch, new problems keep coming up.  According to security company, Symantec in 2015 80% of the newly discovered software vulnerabilities which can be exploited by malware created by cybercriminals involved Adobe Flash.  Now Adobe has finally announced that it will be retiring Adobe Flash in 2020.  It will still be issuing security patches until then, but now is a good time to move away from Adobe Flash if you have not already done so.

Microsoft already blocks Adobe Flash by default in its Edge browser due to security concerns.  Microsoft also blocks outdated versions of Adobe Flash from running in Internet Explorer on Windows 7.  If you use Windows 8.1, Windows 10 or Windows Server 2012R2, this will not affect you because these systems automatically install Adobe Flash security patches.  In addition, to Microsoft Google, Apple and Mozilla block Adobe Flash.   Apple has blocked Adobe Flash from iPhones since 2010.

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If you are going to continue to use Adobe Flash, it is imperative that you update your software with the latest security patches when they are issued and here at Scamicide, we will inform you about security patches for Adobe Flash as soon as they are issued.

However, it may well be time for you to replace Adobe Flash to avoid future problems.

 

Here is a link to a website with alternative plugins you may wish to consider to replace Adobe Flash.

http://alternativeto.net/software/flash-player/

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