Many websites have used Adobe’s Flash Player for complex interactive media much to the delight of hackers. For many years Flash has been a convenient way to access computers due to its security holes and bugs.

According to the Mid-2016 Cybersecurity Report published by Cisco Systems in July, “criminals are most likely to focus their exploits and attacks on Adobe Flash users,” and they expect hackers to continue taking advantage of Flash’s vulnerabilities going forward.

Many of the web’s most popular sites like Google and Amazon are phasing out support for the Flash media player and are using the newer HTML5 coding language instead. It is anticipated that cyber attacks on sites with Flash may decline as a result.

Bottom Line: all websites can be hacked, regardless of the software in use. Here are our recommendations:

Do not use Adobe Flash on your site.
Get knowledgeable about HTML5 and other new technologies.
Subscribe to news updates about cybersecurity threats like these.

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