Pornography websites are among the most widely searched websites on the Internet and this fact is not lost on a hacking group called Malsmoke  who have recently managed to install malware on many of those websites.    The malware is imbedded in malicious ads then when clicked on downloads a variety of dangerous malware.  The vulnerabilities being exploited by Malsmoke involve Adobe Flash and Internet Explorer so if anyone is not using those two programs, they have nothing to fear.

I have long advised you about not using the seriously vulnerable Abobe Flash software which will stop being updated and distributed at the end of this year.  As for Internet Explorer, this once popular browser has been largely abandoned by Microsoft and also should not be used.   Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are popular alternatives to use for browsing.   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. Although, Adobe will still be issuing security patches until the end of this year, but now is a good time to move away from Adobe Flash if you have not already done so.

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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 a website with alternative plugins you may wish to consider to replace Adobe Flash.
http://alternativeto.net/software/flash-player/

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