Adobe Flash is on its death bed…. circling the drain…

[You get it…]

Adobe will stop supporting Flash by the end of 2020.

Until mid/late 2018, Microsoft Edge will continue to ask users for permission to run Flash on most sites the first time the site is visited, and will remember the user’s preference on subsequent visits but Internet Explorer will continue to allow Flash with no special permissions required during this time.

By mid/late 2018, for Edge, it will require permission for Flash to be run each session. Internet Explorer will continue to allow Flash for all sites in 2018.

By mid/late 2019, Flash will be disabled by default in both Edge and Internet Explorer but can be re-enabled in both browsers. But when re-enabled, Edge will continue to require approval for Flash on a site-by-site basis.

By the end of 2020, Flash won’t be able to run in Edge and Internet Explorer across all supported versions of Microsoft Windows.

Mozilla said Flash will be disabled in 2019 and users will choose what sites can run Flash in 2018.

Note that Silverlight will die at the end of October 2021 [although few care!].

 

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Apple products aren’t so secure anymore

The days of buying something from Apple and knowing it is secure is now long gone. CVE Details is probably the most common site to keep track of vulnerabilities in computer software.

They claim that OSX, used on Apple Macs, are the most vulnerable software of 2015, followed closely by iOS used for iPads and iPhones.

OS X had 384 vulnerabilities followed by 375 for iOS. 2014’s “winner”, Adobe Flash Player, dropped to third place with 314 vulnerabilities.

While Microsoft’s software in total had more vulnerabilities [1561], it is only because they also have a lot more software to support. Adobe was second with 1504 followed by Apple with 1147.

Microsoft’s Windows operating system, which was often referred to as the most-attacked desktop platform out there, had one version in the top 10 [Windows Server 2008 with 155 vulnerabilities].

Internet Explorer continues to be the most vulnerable browser on the market with 231 vulnerabilities with Google’s Chrome right behind with 187 and Firefox at 178.

Of note, Ubuntu Linux had 152 vulnerabilities.

Oddly Windows 8.1 [151] had more vulnerabilities than Windows 8 [146] and Windows 7 [147]. Windows Vista was actually the lowest of the supported Windows operating systems [135] other than Windows 10, which only came out in late July [already picked up 53 vulnerabilities]. Note that as more features are added, more vulnerabilities can appear.

Warning about fake Adobe Flash Player updates

A phony update for Adobe’s Flash Player serves spam advertisements to users who fall prey to its lure. Users are told that must install the update to view certain videos. Some of the advertisements are pornographic, and others are capable of replacing legitimate advertisements. The phony update has been spotted on websites aimed at children. It injects ads into every page visited. Users are advised to check their browser extensions.

It will be very rare when your Flash Player is actually outdated on a web site that requires you to get an updated version if you keep it even close to the latest version. If you update your Flash Player [see below] or you know what you have is the latest [see below], then the update message shown is phony.

* For your information:

If you want to verify [at any time] that you have the latest version, click here.

The page will detect what version you have installed versus what is the latest.

If your copy isn’t the latest, click here. Follow the directions. Uncheck the option to install Google Chrome web browser unless you want it.

Flash Player is used to view videos on many cites including most news sites as well as YouTube and others. It is also used to add some “creativity” and features to various web sites.

 

Computer Tip: How to fix Adobe Flash Player issues

Every once in a while Adobe’s Flash Player goes “bonkers”.

The easiest way to see if the Flash Player is working is go to the YouTube web site. If a red box doesn’t warn you of a lack of Flash player, then it should be working. [All videos on YouTube require the player.]

If your Adobe Flash player isn’t working in Internet Explorer, try the following:

Uninstall, Reinstall and Check:

Uninstall the current Flash Player. Download and install the latest from http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/. [Don’t choose the Google toolbar unless you REALLY want it. Follow the uninstallation and installation directions. Make sure IE is close when uninstalling.]

Go to http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/ . This page lists the current versions for all editions of the Flash Player. If you see a box that is empty [just above the column of version numbers], then your Flash Player isn’t installed or is installed incorrectly.

Plug-in Check:

Now we’ll see if the plug-in is both installed and enabled.  Click the gear icon in the upper right corner of the browser window and select “Manage add-ons” from the menu.

Verify that “Toolbars and Extensions” is selected in the left column and then locate the “Shockwave Flash Object” entry on the right. If “Shockwave Flash Object” is not shown, the player isn’t installed [or not correctly].

If shown, check the status.  If “Disabled”, select the row and click the “Enable” button. Click the Close button to close the window. Press the “F5” key to refresh the page. If you don’t see a change there could be another issue.

Check ActiveX Issues in IE 9:

For Internet Explorer 9 [Windows Vista and Windows 7 only], you need to verify that ActiveX Filtering is disabled. This feature is unique to IE9 [and probably later].

Open Internet Explorer 9 and click on the gears icon in the upper right corner of the window. Select the “Safety Menu”. Uncheck the “ActiveX Filtering” menu item. If it was already unchecked it could be another issue.

Check ActiveX Issues in IE8:

For Internet Explorer 8 only, you can muzzle ActiveX controls by going to the “Tools” menu, in the “Security” tab, selected “Trusted Sites”, choose “Custom Level”, and under “Active X Controls and Plug-Ins” disable “Automatic prompting for ActiveX Controls”. Repeat for the “Internet” sites [left of “trusted Sites”]. If it is already disabled, then it could be another issue.

Notes:

It is still sometimes a good idea to reset the “Security” tab’s level for “Trusted Sites” and “Internet” anyways.

For Internet Explorer, if you have the 64-bit version of Windows, if the Player doesn’t work in the regular IE, it won’t work in the 64-bit version [assuming you have installed the 64-bit Flash Player version].

As IE works independently of other web browsers, the player may work fine in other browsers – assuming it is installed for that browser. Go to http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/ to check the version for that browser and/or install the latest at http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/.

Flash Player is used by many web sites to make them feel more interactive. Web sites that show videos [YouTube, news organizations, etc.] require the player. So does most online games. So it is probably considered essential to many.

Apple has had a bit of a love and hate relationship with Adobe. They complain the player is buggy [have they looked at iTunes or Safari?] and basically has banned it from newer OS X versions as well as on their gadgets.