Adobe Flash Player Year in Review from a Security Perspective – Security Kit

Adobe Flash Player Year in Review from a sk© Security SAVER SALE Perspective

You might have noticed that everyone is ditching Flash these days in favor of HTML5, although for the longest time, Adobe’s Flash Player was what companies and simple users alike considered standard. That’s no longer the case, as the plug-in is in a state of continuous decay. Despite the tons of updates it has received over the years, the simple reality is that Adobe’s plug-in is based on ancient technology that can’t stand up to today’s threats.

And that brings us to the security issues, which were a lot in 2016. Reports and statistic aren’t too kind with Flash, as it turns out more than half of the top 10 exploited system vulnerabilities this year were based on it. With the other positions being filled by Microsoft services such as Silverlight, Internet Explorer and even Windows, Flash managed to take the crown and put up 6 backdoors for hackers and attackers to abuse.

And that’s only out of the top 10. While many were whispering and silently making preparations to abandon Flash, the imminent demise of the service became obvious and unquestionable once Google decided to replace it as the default solution for its Chrome browser. Until recently, those using Google Chrome would automatically get Adobe Flash Player baked into the browser but that’s no longer the case.

Chrome 55 brought some important changes to the platform, including the removal of Flash which was replaced with HTML5 which has become the new standard everywhere.

Some websites don’t offer HTML5 support however, and some of the biggest websites in the world rely on Flash still, so for the time being we can see Flash still being around and not completely out of the picture.

However, it is hard to say for how long.

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