In an update on the continuing saga of the danger to all of us presented by continuing vulnerabilities in the Adobe Flash browser plugin for watching videos, Mozilla, the maker of the popular Firefox browser has blocked Adobe Flash from use on Firefox as a security protection to Firefox users. This came just a day after Facebook’s head of security went on record saying that Adobe should stop making Flash because it is too flawed. Flaws in Adobe Flash 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. It appears that just as companies retire certain programs when it is just too difficult to patch them, this may well be the time for Adobe to retire Flash and if it doesn’t, you should consider retiring it yourself and replacing it with another plugin that performs the same function, but is safer.
Some alternative plugins you may wish to consider include GNU Gnash, and Silverlight. Silverlight can be downloaded free directly from the Microsoft at this link: https://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/ while GNU Gnash can be downloaded free at this link: http://www.gnu.org/software/gnash/