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Are You Still Using Older Versions of Adobe Flash Player?

Updated on August 7, 2015

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Personal Experience

I have been using Adobe's Flash Player ever since I bought my first computer - since about 2005. At that time, I was very naive to computers and the World Wide Web. I had no idea what Adobe was or what kind of softwares they made.

The first software program by Adobe that I came to know was Adobe's Reader. My experience in getting to know Adobe's products started with each and every PDF document I opened. I had purchased a quite a few software programs that came with usage manuals and it was Adobe's job to open them up for reading.

Over time, I became interested in graphics and illustrations. A lot of my Hubs here were created based on projects I created using the free software program called GIMP. This led me to Adobe's famous Photoshop and Illustrator. The fact is, GIMP is the free version of Photoshop and Illustrator. So, in my experience, Adobe really is a "house hold name" when it comes to computer software.

What is Adobe Flash Player?

For those who may not know about Adobe's Flash Player, it is a browser plugin that can give you a better video viewing experience, although it is not necessary. Besides video, it also has other applications such as audio, games and is widely used in mobile devices.

Adobe Flash is a software program that executes and displays content from a SWF file. SWF stands for Shockwave Flash and is the required file format in which any Shockwave file must be saved in order to implement (in other words, runtime) that particular software. When in the "runtime", the computer language of Adobe's Flash Player - ActionScript - allows manipulation of text, data, vector graphics, raster graphics, video and audio.

This computer software program can also gain access to your hardware devices that you have connect such as, web cams and microphones after you have granted it permission to do so.

as far as Adobe goes as a company, they have been around since 1982. They revolutionized how the world views information and ideas and have helped companies and industries redefine themselves through the use of software programs.

History of Adobe's Products

What Are the Vulnerabilities of Flash Player?

A lot of hackers use programs like Adobe to initiate scripts that can gain access to your computer. By having software that behaves like ShockWave, they can manipulate security vulnerabilities and holes that may be present in the scripts that Adobe's Flash Player uses in runtime.

This is an unfortunate weakness of an otherwise great software program. But there are ways that you can minimize, if not, illiminate any type of threat from gaining access to your secret personnal data. I will define that advise for you here below:

But I Like Adobe, How Can I Make it Safe to Use?

There are certain older versions of Adobe Flash Player that are vulnerable, but there are newer versions that have been updated with security patches designed especially to prevent hackers and security threats from taking over your system. In fact, Adobe regularly publishes security advisory updates on its website.

I intend on keeping up to date with the latest threats posted on Adobe's site as well as keeping all my programs, including Adobe Flash Player, updated. You also have the option of simply disabling the Flash Player plugin until you absolutely need it.

Conclusion

If you're like me, who's can't help to see Adobe as a house hold name, you'll probably be wanting to lean more to Adobe's corner. I have lived with Adobe and its products for so long I can't fathom the thought of all-together kicking it to the curve. I tend to give them the benefit of the doubt since they are a trusted well known company and I know they are doing everything to keep users happy and safe online.


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    • Danielspages2013 profile imageAUTHOR

      Daniel Baker 

      3 years ago from João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil

      Thank you for the comment

    • GiftsByDiana profile image

      Diana Burrell-Shipton 

      3 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      Yes, keeping your computer up to date is very important.

      Thanks for the reminder to all of us :)

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