Adobe Flash Player is a web-based video player, used by most major websites such as Youtube. If you want to watch Flash video, you have to have this application, and since almost everyone watches Youtube, almost everyone needs Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is notably missing from iPhones, although it does run on Mac computers. In 2010 Steve Jobs wrote:
Symantec (anti-virus) recently highlighted Flash for having one of the worst security records in 2009. We also know first hand that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash. We have been working with Adobe to fix these problems, but they have persisted for several years now. We don’t want to reduce the reliability and security of our iPhones, iPods and iPads by adding Flash.
Although Adobe Flash Player is a great web video player, it’s not good at security. Its popularity makes is the target for hackers looking to spread viruses. Zero-day exploits are a constant threat, and patches often take days to produce leaving users vulnerable. This also leads to a never-ending series of updates, including all the associated annoyances: update pop-up messages, browser restarts, computer reboots, etc.
Annoying as all this updating is, you need to do it to keep your computer secure, especially if you use Windows. Let’s hope Adobe will improve their updating process to make it easier, and less intrusive to the user. Use the link below to update Adobe Flash layer right now! Pro tip: Un-check the Install McAfee Security Scan box, you don’t need that software.