Thursday, October 22, 2015

Security Alert: You Need to Uninstall Flash Right Now

The Internet owes a lot to it, but Flash has overstayed its welcome. No company pushes security patches as often as Adobe does — patches that sometimes come as frequently as once or twice a day. How can a piece of tech be that insecure?
Recently, we learned that there was a critical vulnerability in Flash that existed in all versions and platforms of Flash with the only way to protect yourself being to completely uninstall it.
Plus, Flash impedes computer performance. Just get rid of it.
Check if you have Flash installed by using Adobe’s Flash player checker tool. If you don’t have it installed, congrats! You’re done. If you do have it installed, keep reading.
To uninstall on Windows: Visit the Uninstall Flash Player for Windows page on Adobe’s website. You’ll have to download the Flash uninstaller, close all open programs, and step through the uninstaller.
To uninstall on Mac: Visit the Uninstall Flash Player for Mac page on Adobe’s website. You’ll have to download the appropriate Flash uninstaller (there’s one for 10.1 to 10.3 and a different one for 10.4+), close all open browsers, step through the uninstaller, and manually delete two directories.
To uninstall on Linux: Different distros require different steps, but the general idea is to use your package manager (e.g. DPKG for Ubuntu and Debian distros, RPM for Red Hat and other related distros, etc) to uninstall flash. Look for packages named flashplugin-installer or flash-plugin.
Have you uninstalled Flash yet? If not, what would convince you to? Share with us in the comments!
Image Credits: Flash Logo by 360b via Shutterstock  Source: www.makeuseof.com

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