Adobe has just issued new security updates for the popular Adobe Acrobat reader. It is important to always install updates all of the software that you use as soon as security patches and updates become available While the latest Adobe updates do not relate to the popular, but intensely flawed Adobe Flash program, this is a good time to remind you about issues involving Adobe Flash. Adobe will stop updating and distributing Adobe Flash at the end of 2020 although frankly, it would be wise for you to migrate away from this very vulnerable software program as soon as possible. In 2010 Steve Jobs vociferously complained about its security and would not allow it to used on iPhones, iPods and iPads due to its serious susceptibility to being hacked. 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. Adobe will still be issuing security patches until the end of 2020, but now is a good time to move away from Adobe Flash if you have not already done so.
It is always important to update all of the software you use with the latest security updates and patches as soon as they are available. Numerous hacks and data breaches could have been avoided if individuals as well as companies installed security updates when they became available. Hackers take advantage of the fact that many of us procrastinate installing security software to our great detriment. The major data breach at Equifax that affected 148 million people involved a security flaw in Apache software for which a patch had already been issued months earlier, but Equifax had not yet installed.
Here is a link to the new update for Adobe Acrobat and other Adobe products. https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB19-147
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.
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