Adobe Flash is dying. Security flaws and cyber-attacks have left the program vulnerable.
Adobe Flash was introduced as a program primarily used for designing multimedia content such as websites, applications, videos, and advertisements. While on the market for many years, Adobe Flash has recently encountered many security problems that have caused its popularity to decline.
Hacker and malware attacks are two of the most prevalent concerns regarding Adobe Flash. Users with Adobe Flash installed on their computers have found their systems exposed to hackers who exploit the program’s weaknesses.
In fact, security flaws in Adobe Flash have allowed hackers to remotely crash and take control of a users’ computer as well as implement Crypto Locker-style viruses within the program which can cause serious harm and theft to an individual’s personal and corporate data.
As a result, most people have stopped using Adobe Flash. Alternatives such as HTML5 and WebGL have features and functions that allow users to complete work that used to be done by Adobe Flash. Many corporations such as YouTube, Facebook, Amazon, and Google Chrome have adopted these alternatives and moved away from Adobe Flash.
At this time Adobe is not planning on discontinuing Flash altogether but has revamped the product, making it compatible with HTML5 and WebGL, and renamed it Adobe Animate CC which is expected to be released in early 2016.
The decision to uninstall or keep Adobe Flash is entirely up to you. The recent security leaks and malware attacks have made the name “Adobe Flash” synonymous with bad news which no amount of upgrades and security patches seems to be capable of fixing.
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Courtney Rosebush is a Marketing and Sales Coordinator at Triella, a technology consulting firm specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium sized firms. Courtney can be reached at 647.426.1004 x 227. For additional articles, go to www.triella.com/publications. Triella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Kaspersky Reseller.
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