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11 / 11 / 2015

Why Adobe Flash is the Target for Hackers?

Adobe Flash is installed on millions of computers around the world and in theory it is the world’s most used app to play multimedia content. But the disturbing interest does not cease around the security of Adobe Flash.

The Recorded Future company’s study from November 9, 2015, which hints how hackers love to sneak the malware onto computers via the plugin, has shown the list of all possible vulnerabilities of Adobe. In its reportthe company investigates and shows the most popular vulnerabilities, such as Angler, Neutrino, and Nuclear Pack. Adobe has been trying to make its plugin secure from the very begining, but “gates for treats” have been discovered almost in each patch.

Since September 1, Google has stopped automatical playback to improve browser performance. Besides, it has already converted the Flash-based advertisment to the HTML-5 format, which allows to play videos natively in web browsers without additional software plugins.

Another way how Adobe Flash scares the Internet users is popup ads. Probably most of us saw the message that says “Install Adobe Player in order to read the content”.

Sometimes the popups are blocking your browser until you click the download button, and no one knows what will be downloaded to your machine. But in most cases such ads are not even close to be launched by Adobe Flash. The most popular scenario how such ads appear is usage of the popular Adobe Flash name by software resellers. Unfortunately, this kind of ads stays behind Adobe’s control.

The only one way how to secure your system from such kind of advertisment is to install adblockers or the latest real-time Safe Browsing software. For example, Adblock for Safari is Adblock Plus, which is approved by Apple; you can also find the same for PC.

At the same time some months ago a famous geek publication resource iMore prohibited access to the news for Internet users who use adblock. The resource provides detailed instructions on how to disable the adblock to continue reading. So in this situation it’s up to you whether to install adblocks or not. Just use the Safe Browsing Apps to feel secure while using the Internet.

On July 2015 Alex Stamos, CSO at Facebook, wrote on his Twitter that it’s time for Adobe to announce the end-of-life date for Flash. But Adobe is still alive and releases the patches with fixes from month to month. Probably the plugin will be popular until a real replacement is launched.