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Adobe Flash is Dead - Keeping it Leaves You Vulnerable to Hackers.

It's hard to believe that its almost November already, I am not sure if time has dragged or gone by fast this year, I think it depends on the day. Do you still have Adobe flash player installed on your computer? If you do it is time to uninstall it, and, yes, this goes for all of you Mac users as well. December is rapidly approaching which means so is the EOL (End Of Life) for Adobe Flash Player. Adobe announced this end of life back in 2017 to give ample time for software companies, web browser companies and the likes to move things to html5 instead.

You might think that this is not a huge deal to keep it after the end of December, but you will leave yourself vulnerable to hackers, Adobe Flash player has always been susceptible to hackers.

Adobe itself has stated the following “Flash-based content will be blocked from running in Adobe Flash Player after the EOL [end of life] Date,” Adobe’s update states. “Customers should not use Flash Player after the EOL Date since it will not be supported by Adobe.”

Adobe has already made suggestions for users to start uninstalling the application from their computers. This will cause problems for many websites that still use flash player, they will break and not function correctly. After the EOL date Adobe has said that users with flash player installed will receive a prompt telling them to uninstall it.

You will also want to disable or remove flash player from your web browsers on your computers. Yes, this is different then just uninstalling it from the programs option in your computer. If you unsure how to do this, please reach out to SNL Tech Services. Do not wait until after the EOL date as there will not be security patches released. Flash player has always been an easy target for hackers, and this will make it a number one target to attack websites, and computers with malicious code.

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