Here’s the filthy truth about Adobe Flash Player – it’s got a target on its back the size of Omaha. The hackers (or blackhats, or bad
guys gender-neutral people, or whatever you wanna call them) have decided that it’s a worthy platform to be on the receiving end of persistently security attacks.
Now does this mean that Adobe Flash is poorly made? Really, I don’t think so. It’s easy to go there, in our minds. But, all kinds of code has some vulnerability within it.
Like the Borg Queen said to Data, “You are an imperfect being, made by an imperfect being.” Finding a flaw is only a matter of time.
The reason Adobe Flash is a good target is that almost everyone uses it on a daily basis. Which is great for a hacker, whose main goal is to piss off or disrupt as many people as possible.
So what’s happening now is an arms race:
The hackers find a security vulnerability.
The coders of Adobe Flash patch that vulnerability.
This result in you needing to update Adobe Flash Player.
Then the hackers find a security vulnerability…
and the whole thing repeats.
Like it or not, you have a responsibility in this equation, if you want to browse the Internet safely & securely: when you get notifications to update Adobe Flash Player, please install the update as soon as you can. It only takes a few moments, and then it’s done.