Adobe has just issued its final security update for the popular, but intensely flawed Adobe Flash software. In 2018 Adobe confirmed that it would stop updating and distributing Adobe Flash at the end of 2020 consequently after December 31st, Adobe will stop supporting Adobe Flash and will block Adobe Flash content from running on January 12, 2021. In 2010 Steve Jobs loudly complained about Adobe Flash’s lack of 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.
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.
If you are going to continue to use Adobe Flash until the end of the month, it is imperative that you update your software with this final security patch Here is a link to the final security updatefor Adobe Flash. https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/release-note/fp_32_air_32_release_notes.html
Here is a link to a website with alternative plugins you may wish to consider to replace Adobe Flash.
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